Since grabbing the derby day winner at Easter Road in December, Olly Lee has grabbed just one further league goal in maroon. However, his Hampden performance in the Scottish Cup semi-final against Inverness Caledonian Thistle can’t go unnoticed.
“We signed him from wee Luton, the boy is always shootin'”
Had it not been for Uche Ikpeazu’s greed at one stage, he could’ve put the Jambos in front. One of few first half chances, the forward cut inside with a Ronaldo-esque chop. After striking a tame left footed effort into the arms of Mark Ridgers, a cut back to Lee seemed the better option. Lee’s reaction would certainly tell the story after he was screaming for a pass with his arms spread.
After a drab first half, the 27-year-old sent an absolute thunderbolt goalward in an attempt to break the deadlock. Following a stunning save from Ridgers, Lee’s strike was the changing point for the Jambos. It was what sprung them into life, as they were looking to go in front against Championship opposition.
“And now he’s signed for Hearts, and he’s tearing teams apart”
The midfielder would have a hand in all three goals, two of which came from corners. Firstly, Jake Mulraney sent a wicked ball across goal for Uche Ikpeazu to bundle home. Lee’s corner was then flicked on for John Souttar to volley Hearts two to the good.
He later sent a disguised ball to set Ikpeazu through. Following Ridgers making a typical goalkeeper’s challenge, substitute Sean Clare coolly converted from the spot.
The midfield trio of Lee, Haring and Djoum is a strong one that seems to have everything. Haring acts as an anchor between midfield and the back four. Djoum can be as effective defensively as he is offensively and Lee can be the creative spark Hearts need to get the better of sides.
On his day, he’s a good player at this level and Hearts will need him at the peak of his powers if they’re to get the better of Celtic in the Scottish Cup final.