The two top Edinburgh sides will lock horns for the final time this season on Sunday as Hibs host Hearts at Easter Road.

There has been one win for each side and a draw in the last three derbies this season. It goes to show Sunday’s encounter will be another tight affair as Hibs look to keep their unbeaten streak in the league under Paul Heckingbottom alive.

Hibs have been great under the former Leeds boss. (Photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Hearts’ slim chances of making the European places will turn to dust without a win on Sunday. They will need their key men to turn up and put on a similar display to the one that seen them win in Leith in December.

With the derby forthcoming, NTOF has taken a look at some players who have swapped Gorgie for Leith and vice versa.


In total, there are 39 players who have made the switch, with varying levels of success. We have taken a look at four of these men who have played on both sides of the Edinburgh divide

Faycal Rherras

The most recent addition to this list, Faycal Rherras initially signed for Hearts in 2016. He played 19 times for the Jambos before being released in 2017 after a forgetful spell at Tynecastle.

Rherras on Jambos duty. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

That looked to be the last Rherras was heard of in Edinburgh, until he signed for Hibs in 2018. He berated his former side after joining Neil Lennon’s men, obviously not having much respect for his former employers.

Rherras played one game against Motherwell at Easter Road before departing Edinburgh for a second time. The Moroccan now plays for AS Beziers in Ligue 2 in France.

James Keatings

Current Hamilton forward James Keatings initially moved to Tynecastle after the club were relegated to the Championship. The forward started brightly in maroon, scoring a hat-trick in his first league start against Raith Rovers.

The forward in action during an Edinburgh Derby he played in maroon. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

He was released at the end of the 2014-15 season, having only served half of his two year deal. He joined rivals Hibs that summer, where again he opened his account against the men from Raith.

Keatings made a substitute appearance in the famous Scottish Cup final victory over Rangers, ensuring his time in Leith had been a successful one. In total he scored 25 goals in 81 appearances for the two Edinburgh sides.

Gordon Smith

One of Hibs’ famous five, Gordon Smith enjoyed great success at both Edinburgh clubs. The man made his name very quickly at Easter Road, netting a hat-trick against the Jambos at just the age of 16 on his Hibees debut.

Smith is part of Hibs’ famous five, but still featured on both sides of the Edinburgh divide. (Photo by Bentley Archive/Popperfoto/Getty Images)

He was a brilliant winger who committed 18 years of service to Hibs. Smith played 636 times and scored an outstanding 303 goals in Leith. The club won three league titles during his time at the club and also reached a European Cup semi-final.

When he switched to Tynecastle, Smith would add another league winners medal to his collection and also won the Scottish Cup. Injury destroyed his second season in maroon, but the winger is perhaps one of a few men who go down as history makers for both Hearts and Hibs.

Paul Hartley

Paul Hartley was at Hibs as a youngster before starting his professional career at Hamilton in 1994. in 1998 he rejoined the Hibees, playing 36 times for them over two seasons, before being thrown out to St Johnstone.

Hartley played on both sides of the Edinburgh divide. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

It wouldn’t be until 2002 where Hartley made an appearance for another Edinburgh side, with Hearts manager Craig Levein signing the combative midfielder for the boys in maroon.

The former Scotland international was great for the Jambos, playing over 100 games for them. His most memorable moment came in an Edinburgh derby, netting a hat-trick against his boyhood club.

It’s fair to say Hartley enjoyed a happier time in Gorgie than he did in Leith.

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