Hundreds of Hearts fans gather outside the main stand after Saturday's 3-2 defeat by Motherwell to protest against manager Craig Levein. Picture: SNS.

Bottom of table Hearts are Well and truly in crisis

Victory in the first capital derby of the season may not be enough to satisfy the frustrated fans who gathered outside Tynecastle on Saturday evening, enraged by a poor start to the season and the fact that defeat by Motherwell had left them languishing at the foot of the Premiership table, but defeat would undoubtedly be enough to swell their ranks.

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Jason Naismith is aiming to help Hibs climb the table. Picture: Roddy Scott/SNS Group

Jason Naismith wants Hibs to get into top gear

Jason Naismith spent deadline day racing around England’s national training centre, looking to secure a route to Easter Road but now he is hoping to help Hibernian find their way back to where the fans expect them to be, at the top end of the league and vying for trophies.

Hibs boss Paul Heckingbottom is looking to recruit. Picture: SNS

Hibs keen to recruit a new defender

Hibernian manager Paul Heckingbottom may be at pains to stress that the loss of 11 goals in three games is a team issue, with more than just his defence at fault, but he is also aware that those kind of stats, allied to injuries to more and more of his backline options make enlisting at least one more defender a priority.

Young Hearts full-back Aaron Hickey has reportedly caught the eye of Manchester City. Picture: SNS

Ann Budge happy to see Hearts youngsters on English clubs’ radar

Hearts owner Ann Budge says she is delighted that the club’s youngsters are attracting the attention of major English sides, claiming that it vindicates the work and finance that has been ploughed into bolstering the academy, and proves that the relationships being fostered with the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United can be mutually beneficial.

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