Daniel Stendel has named his new Hearts captain as Steven Naismith takes over the role from Christophe Berra.

After the Jambos skipper’s demotion to Reserve football, Stendel’s been on the lookout for a new leader. The likes of Michael Smith and Craig Halkett were surely big contenders for the role.

Smith may have been a contender. (Photo by Callum Landells/Getty Images)

Instead it’s the influential Scotland forward who’s got the role. Whilst fitness has been a problem over the last year, it’s undoubted that Naismith makes a telling impact when on the pitch.

Last term he scored ten goals in 19 league games as he battled fitness issues. This term he has continued to suffer with them, playing eight times with two goals to his name.

On the pitch though, Naismith is real leader from the front. If Stendel can keep the Scotland international forward fit, he’ll be a good fit for the role, having signed a long-term deal with the club during the summer.

A Jambo leader now. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Some Hearts fans have reacted to the news of Naismith taking Berra’s place as Jambos captain.

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