First Team

Role reversal

25th September 2017

Ross Callachan used to ask Hearts stars for autographs, now it's him who young fans look up to.

Ross Callachan admits he’s still getting to grips with being asked for autographs from Hearts fans because he used to do exactly the same when he was younger.

The midfield dynamo rescued a point for the Jambos on Saturday at Firhill with his second goal in as many games, and the deadline day signing hopes that he can be a hero to young fans like Paul Hartley and Rudi Skacel were to him.

“I looked up to Paul Hartley when I was younger, he was in a similar position,” said Ross. “He was brilliant to watch, and obviously Rudi Skacel.

“I liked Rudi and I obviously met him last year when he was at Raith Rovers.

“A few times I’ve been stopped in the street by fans who recognise me.

“It’s quite surreal for me because I didn’t usually get that before, but it’s all good.

“When I was really young I would wait behind and get a few autographs. I can’t remember who because I was really young.

“It’s good being asked to give my autograph now, it’s a good feeling.

“You can be somebody’s hero like players were when I was young.”

The 24-year-old has made a flying start to life at Tynecastle with three standout performances in his three appearances to date.

Not one to rest on his laurels, Ross just wants to keep on improving and hopes to add even more goals to his game.

“I’m happy with my start,” he said. “Last week’s goal felt a wee bit better because it was early doors in the game and it got us off to a good start but it’s a wee bit of a different feeling scoring on Saturday because you’re equalising and you’re going for it again, so not much celebration really happened.

“It’s good to get another one and hopefully I can kick on and get even more.

“I’m happy but I just want to keep going and keep getting better, keep learning.

“It’s massive club and I can get better, and that’s all I want to do; just turn up to training every day and give it my all.

“I felt that the way I play would suit the Premiership, because of my energy and my enthusiasm for the game.

“It’s just about keeping consistency in my performances.

“When I was younger I struggled to do that but as I get older I feel like I can do that and if I can add goals to my game then it’s a bonus.”