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Derek Rae - My Hearts XI


GOALKEEPER


Jim Cruickshank: A charismatic, fearless and very instinctive goalkeeper with a penchant for saving penalties. Although a Glaswegian by birth, he became synonymous with Hearts for whom he played well into his 30s.


RIGHT BACK


Walter Kidd: Proud Edinburgh man who spent most of his career at Tynecastle.

Indeed it was difficult to imagine him playing at right back for anyone else, although he did so near the end of his long career. His tackles carried bite.



CENTRE BACK



Sandy Jardine: The classy cog of the Hearts team that came so close in 1985-86. Defensive elegance personified at a time when defenders were usually fuller of heart than art.



CENTRE BACK



Craig Levein: A composed yet forceful central defender who remarkably has only 16 Scotland caps to his name. In the modern era he would surely be a fixture for his country. Took responsibility on the pitch.


LEFT BACK



Panagiotis Fyssas: Hearts got this tall, talented left back in the autumn of his career but his football at Tynecastle was frequently summer like. Perhaps a strong case can be made for him as one of the foremost players in his position ever to wear the maroon shirt.


RIGHT WING



Eamonn Bannon: There’s something special about a natural footballer who‘s all about technique. Two footed and entertaining, Bannon is perhaps better known to a wider public for his successful Dundee United spell. Originally wanted to be a golfer but golf‘s loss was football‘s gain. Remains a committed Hearts man.


CENTRAL MIDFIELD



Gary Mackay: Midfield strategist of high quality. Intelligent footballer who should have played many more than 4 times for Scotland. Remains a hero to Irish fans of a certain age for his Scotland goal in Sofia that qualified Ireland for Euro 88.


CENTRAL MIDFIELD





Colin Cameron: The perfect player to provide midfield balance. Good temperament and an eye for goal. Not as flashy as many around him but consistently let his football do the talking, letting others shine creatively.


LEFT WING



Rab Prentice: Hearts fans of the 70s remember a pure talent. Prentice, like many wingers of the time, wasn’t always consistent but when on his game was border line unstoppable. Had the capacity to make beating defenders look routine.


FORWARD



John Robertson: Pure instinct! Robbo remains the perfect Hearts striker. One of the most feared strikers in the Scottish game back in the 80s and his legend has only grown down the years. Lethal and clinical.


FORWARD



Donald Ford: The most prominent Hearts striker of the early to mid 70s, Ford was a constant nuisance for opposing defenders. Had a versiegst of interests away from football, including cricket at which he excelled.







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