Brighton and Hove Albion loanee Alex Cochrane has him playing centre-back – but Hearts defender Stephen Kingsley is enjoying his new-found position.

Robbie Neilson’s side have shifted to a three-man defence upon their return to the Scottish Premiership as Championship winners. It helped them beat Celtic 2-1 in last weekend’s opener at Tynecastle and Hearts travel to St Mirren today. Left-back Kingsley is playing left-centre-back, with Brighton talent Cochrane in the left-wing-back role.

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Hearts won last weekend. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

Kingsley says the system is working well: “It’s been great, having Alex in. We’re both left-backs but the positions that we’ve been playing just now have been working really well. We’re feeling comfortable in it.

“There are still, obviously, some areas we need to work on but we feel strong. We feel confident and I’m enjoying playing these games and the new challenges that are coming with being in the Premiership again.

“It’s a relatively new shape, though we played a bit of it at the tail end of last season and into pre-season. There are still areas we can definitely work on and look to take forward into the St Mirren game.”

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