Dunfermline manager Stevie Crawford has said that the Pars are having ‘issues’ with Hearts over loan duo Harry Cochrane and Anthony McDonald.

Cochrane has found regular starts hard to come by at East End Park. He has featured eight times so far since joining on loan, making four starts.

Cochrane hasn’t featured regularly. (Photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

McDonald meanwhile hasn’t been able to get his Pars career underway after suffering with injury this season. He did make his return for the Jambos Reserves side a couple of weeks ago though in a 3-2 defeat to Hamilton.

Crawford says that McDonald’s situation is out of his hands, but admits they are having problems with the Edinburgh club.

“McDonald’s return is going to be purely down to the communication between Hearts and our physios,” Crawford said. “We have to wait until Anthony is 100% before we take him back.

Ongoing ‘issues’ for Dunfermline boss Crawford over the Hearts pair. (Photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

“From the outside looking in, you wonder whether there’s going to be an adverse reaction, we don’t know. We’ve got to respect Hearts as they are his parent club.

“I have had a conversation with Gary Naismith in the past week regarding issues with the two Hearts boys.

“At this moment in time the person I am dealing with is Gary Naismith. Does somebody come in at Hearts and take control? We’ll have to wait and see.”

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