Hearts' Alexandros Tziolis cut up over Tynecastle pitch

Of all the players hampered by Hearts' now well-documented pitch problems, Alexandros Tziolos has perhaps greatest reason to be upset. A 62-time capped Greek internationalist, he had every right to expect a lush welcome mat to be rolled out of for him.

Alexandros Tziolos cuts a dejected figure on a badly cut-up Tynecastle pitch on Saturday. Picture: SNS.
Alexandros Tziolos cuts a dejected figure on a badly cut-up Tynecastle pitch on Saturday. Picture: SNS.

Instead, settling in has been made trickier due to the poor excuse of a pitch on which he is being asked to bring composure to a Hearts team in transition. The stop-start nature of the Ian Cathro revolution was underlined in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Inverness.

But if Hearts are to reach the heights under the new head coach, pictured, a lot will hinge on holding on to Tziolos. Their pitch troubles could not have come at a worse time with regards to this. Tziolos, who has signed until the end of the season initially, will soon have to start weighing up his options in terms of his next move.