Football Academy

Rankin leaves Hearts

2nd December 2021

John Rankin has left Hearts to join Hamilton Academical.

The 38-year-old moves on from his position as Under 18s head coach to take up the post of assistant manager at the Championship side.

Football development manager Steven Naismith, who had been assisting John, will take over the running of the Under 18s until the end of the season.

Speaking to the Official Hearts Website about John’s departure, sporting director Joe Savage said; “As much as we would’ve liked to have kept John, he felt the opportunity to take the next step in his coaching journey was something he couldn’t turn down.

“He goes with our best wishes and thanks for all of his efforts over the past three-and-a-half years.

“We have, in Steven, someone who is vastly experienced and more than capable of leading our Under 18s for the remainder of the campaign.

“He is someone that our young players look up to, such is his playing pedigree, and I’m very confident that he will be able to continue the great work that has been done in developing them for the future.”