First Team

Steven set to shine

28th February 2018

Craig Levein believes fans will now see the best of Steven Naismith after his goal in last night's draw with Kilmarnock.

Craig Levein believes Steven Naismith is now ready to make his mark at Hearts following his equalising goal against Kilmarnock last night.

The Scotland forward stooped to nod the Jambos back on level terms at a bitterly cold Tynecastle yesterday evening after Eamonn Brophy had given Killie the lead.

Neither side could find the winning goal, with Kyle Lafferty seeing a last-minute penalty saved by Jamie MacDonald, but Craig thinks the Hearts support will now see the best of on-loan Naismith after he came through the 90 minutes unscathed.

“Steven has had that hamstring problem,” he said. “He wasn’t playing a lot at Norwich. He had to get back up to speed and that looks like him set for the remainder of the season.

“He said he felt good and I was pleased with him.

“He grew into the game and that will help his confidence.”

One player who did succumb to injury was Demi Mitchell. He limped off late on but Craig has allayed any fears that the Manchester United full-back is set for a spell on the sidelines.

“He’s got a knock on his knee at Ross County and there is nothing from the scan, its fine,” he said. “He had some discomfort and it was worsening as the game wore on.

“He mentioned it at half time but he’s fine.”