Preview - Hearts (a)

Last updated : 29 December 2009 By Firparkcorner

Gordon Young will take charge of the team for what could well be the only occasion. Gannon's tendency to change the formation and line-up nearly every week means it is hard to define what would be a substantial change from the norm but it can only be hoped the defence at least is sorted out.

Moutaouakil can have no complaints if dropped but the problem with that is who to play at right back. Saunders, the obvious if not natural alternative, is looking weary while Hately has generally done well in the midfield. Reynolds must surely return to the centre of the four alongside Hutchison, if fit. Craigan's performance on Saturday can hardly have helped his chance of selection yet he'll be keen to reclaim his place in the team.

Tynecastle by night

The midfield has been boosted by a fit Jennings showing some form at last but the other spots here are entirely up for grabs. Lasley remains unconvincing, O'Brien frequently flatters to deceive, Humphrey and Slane probably aren't up to 90 minutes and both Coke and Forbes were dropped for lack of form. The new manager will not have an easy introduction.

In the attack Jutkiewicz will surely start but whether he is alone or partnered is up for debate. Murphy will fancy his chance of a recall while Sutton making, but missing, two great chances on Saturday might figure in Young's squad..

New managers traditionally do well with hyper-motivated players and we can only hope that is the case here. We will return home along the M8 delighted if we can achieve a 1-1 draw.