Anthony McDonald is one of the hottest young prospects to have come out the Hearts academy in recent years. According to the Edinburgh Evening News, Jambos legend John Robertson’s Inverness Caledonian Thistle are preparing an offer to loan the 17-year-old for the rest of the season.

Game-time has been hard to come by for the young midfielder. His stake for a first team place has not been helped by the emergence of fellow teen Callumn Morrison. Having made just seven Hearts appearances this season, a move makes sense for both Caley and McDonald.

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The Highlanders are in dire need of some creativity. Their recent form highlights that and McDonald could ultimately be the difference in order to create chances and chip in with a few goals himself. Three wins in their last eight league games isn’t promotion material by any means.

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Whilst everyone is aware football isn’t a game of ifs and buts, had Caley turned some of their 11 Championship draws into wins then they’d be pushing the likes of Ayr, Dundee United and Highland rivals Ross County for an automatic promotion push.

Six wins from 20 in the league is poor but they could still easily clinch a playoff place. That’s the beauty of the second tier, a competitive league that McDonald could thrive in.

The arrivals of several new recruits can’t have helped the teenager’s cause either and having made 14 appearances last campaign, game time is a must if he’s to crawl back into the first team picture at Tynecastle.

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