Hearts were pretty poor against Ross County, but if they can take one positive from it, the performance of Aidy White has to be it.
The Jambos drew 0-0 with the Staggies at Tynecastle, a disappointing result for Craig Levein’s side. Not only was the result poor, but the performance wasn’t much better.
One shining light can be found in White’s performance though.
Hearts full-back White didn’t look like someone who hasn’t played 90 since 2017
This was his first 90 minutes since January 2017. It’s a truly astonishing stat, but White didn’t look one bit out of place during his Tynecastle debut.
Even for lasting 90 minutes alone he deserves plaudits. It couldn’t have been easy for him, but the left-back showed great determination and will to finish the game.
Sure, he gave away a penalty in the dying embers of the match, but he can be forgiven for that. The effects of playing a full game for the first time since 2017 had clearly caught up with him.
Throughout the match, White was bombarding down the left hand side. It was an energetic performance from him, in which he did his best to supply the forward line with service.
He looked composed throughout, with dangerous County wideman Joshua Mullin not getting much of a chance until the closing stages of the match.
White can be extremely proud of his debut performance. He was almost forced into an early retirement. To not only return to the pitch, but excel on his performance, is a sign of things to come.
The left-back has shown he could be a big player for Levein.