Hearts boss Craig Levein has admitted that the Tynecastle side have almost agreed a new contract with Steven Naismith.

The Hearts manager also disclosed that he will not be risking Naismith in the upcoming Scottish Cup Final against Celtic, as he recovers from a knee operation.

“In principle we’re nearly there” Levein told the press at Hearts’ Riccarton training ground.

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“It’s not done yet”

“We’re pleased with that, but it’s not done yet.”

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There has to be a slight worry amongst Hearts fans that a deal has yet to be agreed. But Levein certainly sounds confident that the player will still be at Tynecastle next season.

Until the contract is signed though, there is still the chance that the player could be a bumper deal from the MLS for example. That could blow what Hearts will offer the player out of the water.

Chances of playing in cup final seemed remote

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As for the cup final, the chances of Naismith playing any part in the game always seemed a bit remote.

He has two knee operations this season. Even though the cup final is a huge game, it is not worth the risk that the Tynecastle side would be taking on Naismith.

It makes more sense to give the player the recovery time he needs to be ready for next season. It will upset Naismith to miss the cup final, but in the long run it is the right thing to do.




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