When yout think about it, Hearts fans have one thing to thank Ian Cathro for, right-back Michael Smith.

The full-back was brought to Tynecastle by the former Jambos boss. Since then, Smith has become one of the first names on their teamsheet.

Mr Reliable. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

He showed his commitment and ability against Motherwell recently. Playing with a bout of tonsillitis, the right-back turned in yet another fantastic performance, this time scoring a brilliant goal which helped the Tynecastle side on their way to a 2-1 win.

He’s one of Hearts’ most influential players and the club are very lucky to have him.


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Against Motherwell he was terrific. Jermain Hylton didn’t get a sniff all night, whilst the Northern Irishman caused plenty of problems going forward as well.

A surprise threat going forward. (Photo by Christian Cooksey/Getty Images)

The highlight of his match was obviously his goal. Smith cut in from the right hand side to fire a wonderful low driven shot past the helpless Mark Gillespie.

There was plenty of praise for him afterwards, but these types of displays have became the norm for him. Smith’s constantly performing whenever he is on the football pitch.

Earlier this year, he told the Scotsman how he played on the same day his baby girl was born too. Now after playing when he could’ve sat the Motherwell clash out too, there’s a good argument to be made for him being the Jambos’ most committed player right now.

Extremely committed.  (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Smith deserves plenty of plaudits for his Fir Park showing and there will be plenty more displays like that from him this term.

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