First Team

Souttar tells young stars to keep going

20th January 2020

John Souttar has challenged Hearts’ young stars to carry their fine Scottish Cup form into Wednesday’s Premiership match against Ross County.

The five-star Jambos put Airdrie to the sword at Tynecastle to advance through the Scottish Cup 5th Round – where they will meet either Arbroath or Falkirk – with Andy Irving, Lewis Moore and Euan Henderson all making massive contributions.

Souttar, who made his comeback after six months on the sidelines through injury, was impressed with how his young teammates handled the occasion and hailed manager Daniel Stendel for giving them the opportunity to impress.

“I thought the young lads were all brilliant,” he said. “The manager has put a lot of faith in them by playing them. There were a few big players on the bench and they went in ahead of them, so that has got to give them some encouragement.

“They can’t just play well on Saturday though. It’s important for them to step up again on Wednesday. The club needs them now as well. They are good, good players and it’s important that they continue doing what they are doing.

“The new manager has been good with the group. You can see the way he wants to play. You saw glimpses of it. It’s not going to happen straight away, but we have had two weeks to work at it.

“You can see how he wants us to play and defend, so I’m enjoying it. It’s all new to everyone, but you can see the way he’s wanting to go and we are adjusting, but we have got to hit the ground running — starting on Wednesday.

“Wednesday is a huge game for the club and we are all aware of that. We need to go there and get a result. This win was important, but the league is the most important thing for us and we are fully concentrating on that.”

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