McHat­tie: Robert­son snub suits us to a tee

Evening Times - - FOOTBALL: SPFL - Alas­dair Fraser

KEVIN McHAT­TIE was sur­prised to see man­ager John Robert­son over­looked for the Hearts job – but happy all the same.

The for­mer Tynecas­tle left-back be­lieves the scale of his cur­rent boss’ achieve­ments on a shoe­string bud­get in the High­lands have been un­der­es­ti­mated.

But with the fo­cus on achiev­ing pro­mo­tion to the Premier­ship, McHat­tie is con­tent for his men­tor to keep op­er­at­ing un­der the radar.

The 26-year-old, who made 82 ap­pear­ances for Hearts early in his ca­reer, said: “Ca­ley This­tle is a small club com­pared to others in Scot­land. Be­ing si­t­u­ated away up north doesn’t help, so the gaffer has done a great job bring­ing qual­ity play­ers in on the bud­get avail­able – and that’s a huge credit to him. “Hope­fully, he’s here for a long time.” Ar­broath, who travel north today, stunned Ca­ley This­tle with an em­phatic home vic­tory ear­lier this sea­son. McHat­tie stressed: “It’s a tough game against Ar­broath, who turned us over last time down there. We ob­vi­ously need to im­prove on that.”

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