Hearts manager Robbie Neilson has admitted that he will consider moving loan keeper Harry Stone to another club after struggling for regular game time at Partick Thistle recently – although the Jambos gaffer insists Stone’s stint at Firhill is still a “good loan for him.”

Stone’s last appearance for the Jags came in a 3-1 defeat at Arbroath in August with Jamie Sneddon taking the gloves over and impressing for Ian McCall’s side in their push for a playoff place at the end of the season.

Robbie Neilson admits he could look to move Stone on (Photo by Paul Devlin/SNS Group via Getty Images)

While Neilson would rather Stone was playing every week, the Hearts boss insists it is part and parcel of being a keeper as he encouraged Stone to keep working hard and biding his time for a chance to get back into the side.

“It was important Harry went out there and got involved. He’s involved in first-team training there as well as matchday squads,” Neilson said [Evening News].

“It’s part and parcel of being a goalkeeper. You have to keep your standards up and then, when you’re called upon, you need to be ready.

“It’s still a really good learning curve for him at the moment. Yes, we would have liked him to play week in and week out. He went in and did really well, had a wee dip in form and somebody else has come in. Now he needs to wait his time.

“It’s not one we are going to look at just now. Come January, maybe we might have a look at it. For me, it’s still a good loan for him. Thistle are going well, they have quite an experienced squad and he has to handle that.”

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