Sean Clare arrived at Hearts with an emerging reputation. Many an eyebrow was raised after the BBC reported him shrugging off supposed Premier League interest to sign for Hearts. Still just 21, it must be remembered that he’s still a young player.
However, when you’re hashtagging every Instagram post with your nickname #SeanFlair, Clare can’t be short of confidence. He’s also been compared to Tottenham Hotspur and England superstar Dele Alli, a player he can’t help but admire.
Craig Levein clearly believes in his new arrival, comparing him to 1998 Scottish Cup winning legend Colin Cameron himself. Believe me, there’s few greater Jambos comparisons.
And yet in recent weeks, he seems to be coming to the fore. Levein supposedly said that the Edinburgh Derby win at Easter Road was Clare’s best game in maroon so far. He even claimed an assist for Olly Lee’s stunning winning goal.
That was before he netted what proved to be the winner in the Scottish Cup fourth round tie against Livingston at Tynecastle. A spectacular winner of his own ensured Hearts host junior side Auchinleck Talbot after their cup heroics in beating Ayr United 1-0.
It’s been cited that the last time the two met, Hearts went on to win the competition after mauling city rivals Hibernian 5-1 in the final in 2012. Is the omen to repeat itself? Can Clare match Cameron’s achievements by lifting a Scottish Cup whilst in Gorgie?
It is, of course, far too early to say but momentum seems to be emerging in both Clare and the Jambos. Who’s to say he won’t kick on and help Hearts have a successful season?