Hearts have confirmed that talented teenage stars Harry Cochrane and Anthony McDonald have both joined Dunfermline Athletic on loan until the end of the season – and the move is good news for the Jambos.

Neither have been able to force their way into Craig Levein’s starting XI on a regular basis and getting out and playing regularly for Stevie Crawford’s Fifers will help them continue their development.

4th May 2019, Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Heart of Midlothian versus Kilmarnock; Harry Cochrane of Hearts shoots the ball wide (
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Both players have really big futures ahead of them but sitting on the bench at Tynecastle or watching from the stands isn’t going to help them fulfil their undoubted potential.

McDonald showed on loan at Inverness last season that he’s capable of playing first-team football so the chance to shine at Dunfermline is one he’ll look to grab with both hands.

10th February 2018, Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh, Scotland; Scottish Cup football 5th round, Hearts versus St Johnstone; Anthony McDonald of Hearts gets past Scott Tanser of St Johnstone
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With the way things are going at Tynecastle just now, by the time both players return to Gorgie there could even be a new man in the hot seat as pressure mounts on Levein.

Cochrane and McDonald are both players who will have a big part to play at Tynecastle in years to come and having them away from the club in the short-term and playing regularly is really going to benefit Hearts in the future.

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