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‘NO NEED TO PANIC,’ SOUTTAR

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JOHN SOUTTAR insists the Hearts players must ignore the rumbles of discontent from the stands and regain their form under new boss Ian Cathro.

The Tynecastle outfit are in the middle of a transitional period after the introduction of the 30-year-old rookie manager following the departure of Robbie Neilson to English League One side MK Dons.

Cathro, who arrived after a coaching spell at Newcastle, lost 2-0 on his debut against Rangers at Ibrox and then saw his side held to a 1-1 draw by Partick Thistle with the team jeered from the field at full-time.

Friday’s clash against Dundee at Dens Park already has a massive look to it for the Edinburgh players and Cathro.

Skipper Souttar said: “As a player, you can’t listen to many opinions coming from outside of the club. You need to believe in yourself and believe in the club if they choose to appoint a manager.

“If you start listening too much, it can affect you. We were a tight group before and nothing has changed on that score, so we just let things pass us by.

“There are big characters in the dressing room and a lot of experience. It’s not about them helping the manager, it’s about them helping the younger boys in the squad.

“First-half against Partick, we played well and adapted to the game. The game-plan was working and we were dominant, but the second-half was poor.

“We were comfortable until the goal then poor after that. It’s a transitional period, but in football you do not get time. It will take a period to adapt, but we need to be getting results while we are doing that.”

Souttar added: “The gaffer has his own ideas, just like every manager does. It has been a wee bit different learning new stuff, but it has also been positive.

“As players, it’s just a case of learning from another manager and taking bits on board every day to improve our games.

“Once we gel into the way the gaffer wants us to play, it will become second nature and we’ll start producing the good results.”

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