Some Hearts fans may have seen the scoreline in the Jambos’ pre-season defeat to Arbroath and been quick to sound the alarm bells.

Craig Levein’s side were beaten 2-0 by the Litchies at Gayfield. Goals from Bobby Linn and Steven Doris sealed the victory for Dick Campbell’s men.

Campbell’s men won 2-0.  (Photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Is it a poor result? Yes? Should Hearts fans be panicking that this result is a sign of things to come? No.

Hearts fans need to remember it is a pre-season game

I get that it’s a bit worrying to see your team beaten off a part-time side. Hearts should have beaten Arbroath, but at the end of the day, this game really doesn’t matter.


That showed in Levein’s team selection. The big signings like Jamie Walker and Conor Washington aren’t ready yet and the likes of Arnaud Djoum and Steven Naismith also weren’t present, having not agreed as of yet to new Hearts deals officially.

Djoum and Naismith have yet to sign on for next term officially. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

That left Levein with plenty of youngsters to try out and he certainly did that. Plenty got their opportunity to impress Levein in a game all about boosting fitness levels.

Some of the reaction to losing a pointless friendly is bizarre. They weren’t great by any stretch of the imagination but at least you’ve got a clearer picture of who is up to the task and who isn’t.

When the alarm bells should ring is if they lose or draw Betfred Cup fixtures. You’d like to think Levein would field strong squads initially to seal progression. Failure in them and Hearts fans have justified worry.

Hearts fans have nothing to be concerned  about just yet. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

For now though, should a 2-0 defeat to Arbroath be a massive concern? Not at all. It’s not ideal but at the end of the day it matters less than zero. The goal would have been to get some minutes into legs and Levein certainly did that.

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