Hearts fans have a new hero in Aaron Hickey after his derby day heroics.
The 17-year-old full-back turned in a magnificent display that was capped off by a brilliant winner.
His side were trailing via a Stevie Mallan wonder goal, but an Uche Ikpeazu effort and his effort from distance secured a 2-1 Jambos victory over Hibs.
It handed the Tynecastle side their first win since March and provided a rare bit of immense positivity for under-fire manager Craig Levein.
Some Hearts fans have posted on Twitter their appreciation of Hickey and his derby display.
Brilliant result today Hearts, it's been hard going recently but going to Easter Road and beating them, it never ever gets old! Fantastic character from the team, let's use this to kick on, Aaron Hickey is immense! #hmfc
— Martin Gray (@martingray100) September 22, 2019
Mind that time that Aaron Hickey scores his first goal for Hearts to beat hibs? That was gid. https://t.co/XyCpaGYg6B
— Ally (@AlistairDobbie) September 22, 2019
Much needed enjoyable day for Hearts fans. At last, a performance with heart and personality. Old men Whelan and Berra flawless, but the talent, temperament and toughness of 17yo Hickey is special. Perhaps the most exciting young player to emerge in all my time watching Hearts.
— Feg Bizet (@FegBizet) September 22, 2019
HICKEY’S AT THE WHEEL! 🚘
— Hearts Rant (@HeartsRant) September 22, 2019
Aaron Hickey Ballon Dor ⚽️
— Hearts Till We Die (@HeartsTillWeDie) September 22, 2019
Brief post-derby takes:
✅ Hearts need to tie Aaron Hickey down to the longest contract possible.
✅ Uche tossing Porteous around like an empty trackie as he equalised was a particular highlight.
✅ For all Levein's faults, he still loves a derby win as much as the rest of us.
— Maroon Tinted Spectacles (@maroonspecs) September 22, 2019
Hickey seals much-needed positive day at Hearts
With fan protests, no wins in months and the club’s position at the bottom of the Premiership all worrying negatives at Hearts prior to the Hibs win, this was a tense derby game.
The Jambos haven’t had much to smile about over the past few months, so this is some much needed positivity for them.
It doesn’t get much better than beating your neighbours in their own backyard. It was made even sweeter in the manner Hearts accomplished that feat, coming from behind to win via a pretty special goal for Hickey.
He can’t legally drink yet but Hickey will be the toast of Gorgie over the next couple of days. His goal makes him the youngest ever scorer in an Edinburgh derby and he picked his moment brilliantly.
Both Hearts and Hickey need to build on this, starting with a League Cup quarter-final against Aberdeen. Win that and the Tynecastle side have taken big steps on the road to redemption.
Hickey has certainly put plenty of smiles on Jambo faces after his Easter Road exploits.