Two loanees arrive from HeartsFriday, 30th Aug 2019
30/08/19: Eighteen year olds, Harry Cochrane and Anthony McDonald signed on loan from Hearts
Pictured: Harry Cochrane (left) and Anthony McDonald (right)
Stevie Crawford has today finalised the loan signings of Harry Cochrane and Anthony McDonald from Hearts until the end of the season.
Anthony McDonald is described as a tricky winger who signed his first professional deal with Hearts in March 2017.
Born in Limassol, Cyprus and brought up in Kirkcaldy the 18 year old played at East End Park last season while on loan at Inverness Caley Thistle. His pathway to First Team football at Hearts was via Real Fife and Livingston, joined the Tynecastle club at Under 14 level.
He was handed a first-team debut - aged 16 - against Dundee at Tynecastle in December 2017 and was the star of the show, setting up both goals in a 2-0 victory.
In his first two seasons at Hearts he made 20 top team appearances before joining John Robertson at Inverness on a six-month loan in the second-half of the 2018-2019 campaign.
He made 14 appearances for the Caley Jags, scoring his first goal in professional football against Morton in April 2019 - which was nominated for the SPFL Goal of the Month.
In November 2018 he was called up the Scotland under-18 squad for the first time, picking up two caps against France and Uzbekistan. He had previously represented his country seven times at U16 and once at U17.
He scored his first goal for the club in July 2019, netting the second in a 2-0 win over Cowdenbeath in the Betfred Cup.
Harry Cochrane is another who has enjoyed a rise to fame at Hearts that gets classified as ‘meteoric’.
While signed by Rangers, Harry travelled from his home in Stonehouse to Grange Academy in Kilmarnock where he was part of the Scottish Football Association Performance School. He moved to play at Hearts at Under 13 level.
After signing his first professional contract in June 2017, he travelled with the Hearts first-team to their pre-season camp in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Impressing the management, he was given his first-team debut at the age of 16 in an away match to Dundee in September 2016.
His first goal was a memorable one; the opener in a thumping 4-0 of Celtic at Tynecastle, a match which ended their unbeaten run of 69 games.
The midfielder has been capped for Scotland at every age group from U14 up to U19.
He was a member of the Scotland under-16 Victory Shield squad.
He was also called up to Billy Stark`s Scotland under-19 side for the first time and picked up 5 caps before the end of the season.
Interviews with both players to follow
- - Listen to Stevie Crawford`s comments on his new signings