Hearts manager Craig Levein has confirmed that midfielder Ryan Edwards could be in line to make his first appearance for the Jambos since August after he was an unused substitute against Rangers at the weekend.

Edwards returned to Tynecastle in January after spending time on loan at St Mirren, with the Australian a surprise inclusion against Steven Gerrard’s side.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 13: Craig Levein, Manager of Hearts reacts during the Scottish Cup Semi Final match between Heart of Midlothian and Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Hampden Park on April 13, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Levein admitted that Edwards has been impressing for the reserves recently and injuries to other players made him a good option as cover.

“Ryan’s been doing quite well for the reserves and Peter Haring was obviously out on Saturday,” said Levein, as quoted by the Evening News.

17th March 2018, Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh, Scotland; Scottish Premier League football, Heart of Midlothian versus Partick Thistle; Ryan Edwards of Partick Thistle slides in on Harry Cochrane of Hearts

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“You might see Ryan or Andy Irving involved as we try to manage the squad between now and the cup final.”

Edward’s last competitive appearance in a Hearts jersey came for the Colts team in the Challenge Cup clash with Ross County.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Craig Levein, Manager of Hearts looks on prior to the Scottish Cup 5th Round match between Heart of Midlothian and Auchinleck Talbot at Tynecastle Stadium on February 10, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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During his time at St. Mirren, Edwards made 14 appearances for the Buddies before his loan was ended early by new manager Oran Kearney.

Levein clearly has one eye on next month’s Scottish Cup final and it makes sense for the Hearts boss to use his squad as best he can to keep players at their best.

 

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