Colin Doyle has penned a new deal with Hearts, and with that deal, should come regular starts.
The Irishman has signed a contract that will keep him in Gorgie until 2021.
The time is right for him to be reintroduced to Craig Levein’s plans.
Hearts stopper Doyle has been punished for one error
Since making a calamitous error against Motherwell earlier this year, Doyle has found himself out of this Hearts side. To be fair, it was a howler, with the keeper all but chucking it in the net to give Motherwell victory.
It has haunted him ever since as he’s played second fiddle to Zdenek Zlamal following this. His form of late though has been questionable.
Zlamal hasn’t been horrific over the past few months, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t made any errors. Perhaps the worst was against Celtic in the Scottish Cup final.
His reluctance to come off the line lead to Odsonne Edouard winning a penalty for Celtic. The decision may have been harsh, but if the Czech stopper is out quicker, referee Willie Collum doesn’t have a decision to make.
Aberdeen’s first goal against Hearts recently was somewhat down to Zlamal’s reluctance to charge off his line again.
There have been a couple others times too where Zlamal has been put under the spotlight, including when Lawrence Shankland netted his first Dundee United goal. Zlamal’s positioning was called into question then.
He has made a good few mistakes, so Doyle should be given a crack of the whip. He came in to replace Zlamal in December last year, before his Fir Park horror show seen him dropped.
Doyle paid the price for one error. Now that Zlamal has made more than one, the Irishman should be given the chance to win the gloves back.