First Team

McDonald eager to impress

8th July 2019

Anthony McDonald hopes he’s impressed enough during pre-season to be included in the manager’s plans as the start of the 2019/20 season edges closer.

The 18-year-old played a starring role in tonight’s 1-1 draw with Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Tynecastle, bagging the Jambos’ opener after getting on the end of a trademark set piece routine.

He’s revealed his targets season on season don’t change, he just wants to play as much football as possible.

Speaking to HeartsTV, Anthony said: “It’s the same as every season; play as much as you can.

“Hopefully I’ll make an impression with the manager and the fans and see where it takes you.

“Ireland was a good trip. I didn’t play as much as some of the other boys but tonight was another chance to make an impression and hopefully I’ve done that.”

Tonight’s game was a benefit match for Angus Beith, the former Hearts midfielder who had had to retire due to injury aged only 23.

While his main focus was on what was taking place on the pitch, Anthony admits his sadness at his former club-mate’s situation.

“It was a chance for us to get out and play but it’s a sad thing for Angus,” he said. “Thanks to all the fans for coming out.

“I think it was good for him and I think he enjoyed his night.”

Anthony’s interview is available to watch in full on HeartsTV by clicking here.