Dunfermline manager Stevie Crawford didn’t want to single anyone out – but he couldn’t help but the laud the Friday night contributions of Celtic loanee Kerr McInroy.

The midfielder was inspiring as the Pars beat Hearts 2-1 in a fantastic display at East End Park. It puts them top of the Championship and Crawford wasn’t short of praise for the Celtic talent.

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The Celtic talent has shone.. (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“Kerr was a player I saw a good few years ago when I first came up to Dunfermline in the reserve game (v Celtic),” said Crawford.

“He has a cultured left foot, physically you can see that he is not frightened of the game at this level and he is very very good on the ball in terms of weight of pass, vision and things like that.

“I am not just singling Kerr out, I thought the way Declan (McManus) and Kyle (Turner) led the line were magnificent and that set the tone for the rest of the team.”

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Delighted with his Celtic loanee. (Photo by Ross Parker / SNS Group via Getty Images)

Overall the Pars boss was delighted with the way his team conducted themselves against the red-hot Championship favourites. The key now will be to not get carried away after a strong start.

“Both teams were fairly open in terms of trying to hurt their oppositions back line,” said Crawford. “I thought our shape in the first half was very good and the second half was great in terms of getting off to a good start with Dom (Thomas) scoring his first goal of the season.

“He has been magnificent in terms of his assists so it is very pleasing on that side. Then the combination again of Dom and Euan Murray to get the second goal at a time when you are expecting Hearts to be looking to get back into the game. That was very encouraging.

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Battling display. (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“It showed a belief in themselves and that is important to me. They are a very good side and they have a very strong squad. It was going to be a marker for us of where we are at.

“I keep saying that we have players now that I think there is a lot of development in. That’s not only the starting XI, there is potential if you look at our bench tonight there were possible game changers there as well. That side alone is very pleasing for where we are at the moment as a club.

“Hearts are still favourites for the league. I am not taking anything away from us as a team. The Championship can be a very unforgiving league, within a couple of games you can find yourself at the other end of the table. I have learned that from experience.

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Learning curves. (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“We will very much enjoy this but Hearts are a strong side and they will be the ones up there that we have to be challenging at the end of the season.”

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