Hearts starlet Andy Irving has been in very good form for the Championship side this season. His performances in the middle of the park are one of the reasons that the Tynecastle club sits top of the Championship and is just over a week away from a Scottish Cup final against Celtic.
The 20-year-old showed his skill in the recent 2-0 win over Morton. His excellent cross-field pass set up Jamie Walker to score the all-important second goal in the game.
Out of contract soon
Hearts will be looking for Irving to be a key part of the club’s midfield for many years to come. However, one issue with that is that the player is out of contract at the end of the season.
Robbie Neilson will be looking to get that issue resolved as soon as possible. Indeed, what a bonus it would be for Hearts in the run up to the cup final if it was announced that Irving had committed his future to the club.
That would be a real sign of intent from Hearts. It would show that the club is determined to keep hold of one of its most promising players for what they will hope is a return to the Premiership next season.
Boost for player
It would also give the player a boost ahead of the cup final, knowing that his club are prepared to make him a key part of their future going forward.
Only time will tell if Irving agrees a new deal with Hearts before the cup final. For Hearts fans, the most important thing is that he commits to the club, and not when the deal gets done. However, it would still be a good thing for all concerned at the club if Irving agrees a deal ahead of the club final.