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  1. 'Hearts are up for the fight'published at 09:56

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    Prior to last Sunday’s ‘friendly’ versus Spanish side Almeria in Malaga, supporters can be forgiven to have questioned whether Hearts were primed and ready to battle it out in our quest to regain third place after the mid-season break.

    Any slight worries or concerns I had soon evaporated when I witnessed the video of an almighty stramash playing out on the pitch between both sets of players, as tensions boiled over following some challenges usually found when Arthur Montford was commentating.

    Alas, this match was understandably abandoned, but I think the most pleasing thing to take from it all was the real togetherness the players.

    Of course, nobody likes to see any malicious challenges or confrontations, but supporters often opine that they want players to "fight for the jersey", and we literally got that during those 38 minutes of play!

    I’d imagine European bantamweight champion boxer and fellow Jambo, Lee McGregor, would have been impressed with the fighting spirit on display.

    Much has been said about Hearts’ early-season form but competing in three competitions took its toll on the team and it felt like Robbie Neilson was hamstrung himself as he had to make do without a number of key players.

    Whatever starting XI Neilson puts out against Kilmarnock in the first game back, I think Jambos can be assured that the players will be fighting tooth and nail to claim back third place and European football next season. Here’s hoping we manage to draw Almeria…

  2. 'Rangers to speak to Hearts youth Wilson'published at 09:49

    Rangers have been given permission by Heart of Midlothian to speak to striker James Wilson, but the Edinburgh club are still fighting to convince the academy player, who turns 16 next month, to remain at Tynecastle amid interest from their Premiership rivals and clubs from the Premier League in England. (Daily Record), external

    Read Thursday's Scottish Gossip in full here.

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  3. Have your say on potential Callum Paterson returnpublished at 14:28 7 December

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    Hearts fans, would you be pleased to see Callum Paterson return in January?

    Let us know your thoughts here.

  4. Hearts would be getting much more than a target-man in Patersonpublished at 14:13 7 December

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    With the January transfer window fast approaching, Hearts boss Robbie Neilson has confirmed that former fans' favourite Callum Paterson could be on his way back to Tynecastle. 

    When Paterson left Hearts back in the summer of 2017 to join Cardiff City he was still recovering from a serious knee injury sustained in his last game for the Jambos, a 4-0 win over Kilmarnock six months previously.

    He made his belated Cardiff debut in October 2017 and scored 10 goals that season, as well as featuring four times for Scotland. After three years in Wales, Paterson made the move to Sheffield Wednesday and again was a regular source of goals, scoring 18 goals in 78 appearances.

    Hearts would be getting much more than a target-man though. In his previous spell at Tynecastle, Paterson was used in multiple positions. From full-back, to various midfield roles, and of course he proved to be a real thorn to opponents as a striker, with particular success at set-pieces.

    Paterson is out of contract next summer with the Yorkshire club, so it may be that an initial loan with a view to a longer-term deal may be on the cards. 

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  5. 'Wednesday's Paterson high on Neilson's wish list'published at 09:07 7 December

    Heart of Midlothian manager Robbie Neilson says Callum Paterson, the 28-year-old Scotland utility man who has been in and out of Sheffield Wednesday's side in League One and is out of contract next summer, is high up on his list of targets. (Edinburgh Evening News), external

    Read Wednesday's Scottish Gossip in full here.

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  6. 'Refreshed' Hearts ready to hit ground running in fight for thirdpublished at 17:01 6 December

    Aside from on-field scuffles, Hearts defender Michael Smith has declared the club's Spanish training camp a success as the Tyncastle club eye a renewed challenge for third.

    Hearts' time on the pitch wasn't as long as they might have liked, after their friendly with Almeria was abandoned, but Smith still believes the trip has been beneficial as they prepare to head home on Wednesday.

    "It was a good chance for everybody to get away and be together for a period of time," Smith told the club website. "It builds team bonding, you get a bit of game time, so it’s all worthwhile.

    “We need to hit the ground running again when we do restart.

    "We want to finish in the top three and get back into Europe again – that’s our aim and that’s always been our aim. First half of the season was a bit up and down with all the games.

    “We’ve now had a break, feeling refreshed, and ready to go again for this next part of the season."

  7. 12 goals just the start - Shanklandpublished at 09:44 6 December

    Lawrence Shankland has promised there is more to come from him in a Hearts shirt despite already scoring 12 times since his summer move from Belgian club Beerschot.

    The 27-year-old striker, talking to the club website at Hearts' Spanish training camp, said: "It's hard to not enjoy it when you've started like that.

    "It's been a good start for me, but that's all it is. Good starts don't get you anywhere come the end of the season.

    "We need to keep it going because there's a lot of football still to be played. Hopefully a lot of goals still to be scored as well. I want to keep that going once we've restarted."

    Shankland believes Hearts will return to action refreshed and strengthened after the Scottish Premiership's break for the World Cup finals.

    "It gives everyone a lift, especially because of some of the injuries we've had: quite long term and pretty serious," he added.

  8. 'I just tried my luck'published at 09:41 6 December

    Hearts and Australia midfielder Cammy Devlin admits "I just tried my luck", referring to his successful approach to Lionel Messi for his Argentina jersey after his country had lost 2-1 to the South Americans in the last 16 of the World Cup. The match was Messi's 1000th as a professional. (The Times - subscription required), external

    Alex Cochrane could miss Hearts' matches against Kilmarnock and Dundee United if the Spanish FA inform the Scottish FA of Cochrane's red card in the abandoned "friendly" Hearts played against UD Almeria in Malaga. (Daily Record), external

    Hearts could struggle to keep hold of their 24-year-old Australia centre-half Kye Rowles in the January transfer window, admits Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson, though the player is contracted to Tynecastle until 2026. (Edinburgh Evening News), external

    Read all of Tuesday's Scottish Gossip.

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  9. Shankland predicted Messi-Devlin shirt swappublished at 22:37 5 December

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    Cammy Devlin swapped shirts with Lionel Messi after Argentina's 2-1 win

    Lawrence Shankland says he predicted that Heart of Midlothian team-mate Cammy Devlin would get his hands on legendary Paris Saint-Germain forward Lionel Messi's shirt after Australia's World Cup last 16 defeat by Argentina.

    For the 24-year-old midfielder it would have gone some way to making up for spending a fourth game in a row unused on the Socceroos bench.

    "I was talking to Mick [Smith] when we were watching the game and said: 'I bet wee Cammy will get Messi's top, he'll charge right in there!'," striker Shankland told Hearts TV.

    "You only get that opportunity once and, fair play, we all wish we could have had it."

    Hearts defenders Kye Rowles and Nathaniel Atkinson did manage game time in Qatar.

    "The Aussies have been away and obviously done very well at the World Cup," Shankland added. "It's been great for all of us to sit and watch it from afar.

    "We're looking forward to getting them back and they'll have a natural buzz going for them as well. Cammy will probably have Messi's top on as well, so we can all have a look at that."

  10. Cost of away games needs discussedpublished at 10:59 5 December

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    Scottish football should set up a "crisis summit" or "working group" to address the spiralling cost of attending away games, argues Stuart Murphy, chief executive of the Scottish Football Supporters' Association.(Herald - subscription required), external

  11. 'All hell broke loose' - Neilson on friendly falloutpublished at 14:47 4 December

    Hearts boss Robbie Neilson spoke to the club's TV channel to explain the altercation between players whih led to the friendly with Almeria being abandoned.

    "It was a very competitive game." Neilson said. "Then on the far side there was a tackle from Alex [Cochrane] which I thought was a standard tackle, and then all hell broke loose.

    "Players were round, there was a forearm smash from their centre-half on Alex, then the ref just totally lost control of it. The benches were over and there was about 60 people on the pitch.

    "It was a shambles so we just felt it was a pre-season game and we've already got a number of injuries. There was no point carrying on because tensions were extremely high.

    "There's always going to be a competitive edge," Neilson said. "But there's a line you can't really cross and I think it was crossed several times. The referee just didn't do a good job of controlling it.

    "We've got a training session this afternoon for a few of them, then we'll train the next couple of days and come back."

  12. Rubbing shoulders with the bestpublished at 08:42 4 December

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  13. Rowles bows out with brave Australiapublished at 21:25 3 December

    Hearts' Kye Rowles played the whole game as Australia's heroic World Cup journey came to an end with a 2-1 defeat by Lionel Messi's Argentina in the last 16.

    The centre-back has played every minute of the Socceroos historic campaign, and earned plenty of plaudits playing alongside Scotland-born Harry Souttar.

    Nathaniel Atkinson and Cammy Devlin were unused substitutes.

    Match report: Argentina 2-1 Australia

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    World Cup 2022: Argentina 2-1 Australia - highlights

  14. Hearts defender tipped for big things - gossippublished at 09:57 3 December

    Former Heart of Midlothian attacker Ryan Stevenson believes defender Kye Rowles could make the Tynecastle club £2m but that value could rise to £10m if he performs well against Argentina's Lionel Messi for Australia at the World Cup. (Record), external

    Hearts boss Robbie Neilson does not expect a busy transfer window in January. (Scotsman - subscription required), external

    Meanwhile, Hearts reserve goalkeeper Zander Clark is inspired by first choice Craig Gordon's work-rate and longevity. (Scotsman - subscription required), external

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  15. 'A bit of rustiness' - Neilsonpublished at 17:41 2 December

    Following the 4-0 loss to Blackburn Rovers in Marbella, manager Robbie Neilson spoke to Hearts TV, external:

    "I'm disappointed to lose the game but I thought it was a good exercise for us, a real good workout, a lot of the players got 90 minutes. We've only had three training sessions since coming back so there was a bit of rustiness.

    "Blackburn Rovers are a very good Championship team, they start their league next Saturday so are quite a bit ahead of us physically."

    On facing sides who are closer to their league resumption, he added, "We could have come away and played against teams we were going to turnover four of five - nil but we wanted to play against a good team, which Rovers are.

    "There are a lot of positives to take out of it and some negatives that we need to try and tighten up on.

  16. Hearts hammered in friendly with Blackburnpublished at 16:17 2 December

    Hearts lost 4-0 to Blackburn Rovers in the first friendly on their winter training camp in Marbella.

    Rovers, who are third in the English Championship, were 3-0 up at half-time through Sam Szmodics and George Hirst's brace.

    Bradley Dack completed the rout swiftly in the second half.

    Robbie Neilson's side take on La Liga side Almeria on Sunday in their second and final friendly of the week-long trip.

    Hearts: Clark (Stewart 45), Neilson (Henderson 55), Sibbick, Kingsley (Tait 69), M Smith (McLuckie 69), Kiomourtzoglou, Grant, Cochrane, Forrest, Shankland (Pollock 69), C Smith. Not used: Stone, Ginnelly.

  17. Livingston v Hearts moved for TV coveragepublished at 16:02 2 December

    Livingston's Scottish Premiership game at home to Hearts next month has been moved for TV coverage.

    Originally scheduled for Saturday, 28 January at 15:00 GMT, it will now take place the following day at 13:30 and be shown on Sky Sports.

  18. Gossip - Neilson on January businesspublished at 10:08 2 December

    Hearts will benefit financially from their Australian players' extended stay in Qatar - but manager Robbie Neilson does not anticipate an abundance of transfer dealings in January. (The Scotsman), external

    Manager Neilson is hoping to spark Hearts back to life with some Spanish winter sun. (The Herald), external

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  19. Rowles top of the blockspublished at 09:49 2 December

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  20. Hibs tie a 'huge chance' of cup progress - Gordonpublished at 20:55 1 December

    Hearts captain Craig Gordon has admitted his excitement at being drawn against Hibs in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup.

    The Edinburgh rivals have been paired together in six of the last eight seasons, with the Jambos winning each of the last three Scottish Cup showdowns.

    “We seem to get drawn against Hibs most years and this season is no different,” said goalkeeper Gordon.

    “Games against Hibs are always big. I’m looking forward to it and the fans will be very excited about it. It’s a huge chance for us to go there and get into the next round.”

  21. Earlier kick-off for United v Hearts festive meetingpublished at 16:12 1 December

    Dundee United's game with Hearts on Christmas Eve will kick off at 14:00 GMT - an hour earlier than scheduled - after the Tannadice club failed to have it moved to the previous day.

    United wanted it played on Friday, 23 December for "fan convenience", but say their request was rejected for "reasons beyond our control" after talks with Hearts, the SPFL and Police Scotland.

    "We hope the amendment will make the match slightly easier for both sets of fans to attend what promises to be a festive cracker at Tannadice," United's statement added.

  22. 'We're ecstatic for them' - Hearts' Socceroos living the dream published at 15:15 1 December

    Stephen Kingsley has praised the "unbelievable" accomplishment of his Hearts team-mates at the World Cup.

    Kye Rowles, Nathaniel Atkinson and Cammy Devlin are part of the Socceroos squad who have qualified for the last 16 in Qatar after finishing second in their group behind current world champions France.

    "It's absolutely unbelievable, we're so delighted for them all," Kingsley told Hearts TV, external.

    "Just being there in the first place is an incredible achievement, we are all absolutely ecstatic for them and going into the last 16, facing Argentina - it can't get any better than that.

    "It's unbelievable for them and I know they'll enjoy every minute of it."

    Hearts centre-back Kye Rowles played the full 90 minutes in all three of Australia's group gamesImage source, Getty Images
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    Hearts centre-back Kye Rowles played the full 90 minutes in all three of Australia's group games