Lawrence Shankland relishes a steady supply of ammo from Hearts playmaker Barrie McKay after the pair combined impressively in the Edinburgh derby on Sunday.
The attacking pair bonded well against Hibernian and the former Dundee United striker netted his first Jambos goal at Easter Road after hanging on to a fine pass from the former Rangers player.
Shankland, who moved to Tynecastle from Belgian side Beerschot in the summer, will be hoping to benefit from plenty more assists from McKay.
“It was a great ball,” he said of his colleague’s pass to set him up for the goal. “He’s a smart player and part of me coming to Hearts was playing with players like that. He’ll find you in the zones. I had a good run and if you have good runs, players like that can find you.
Shankland looked set to be the game-winning hero in his first Edinburgh derby until Martin Boyle hit the headlines with a 95th-minute equalizer on his return to Hibs after seven months in Arabia Saudi Arabia with Al-Faisaly. The striker admitted that his team died out.
“It was sickening for us to concede this late in the game,” Shankland said. “We just had a throw-in to defend in their own half. They managed to get knocked down and I think we were a bit open for the second ball, which I think caused us the biggest problem.
“It allowed them to knock down the runners next to us and the boy [Elie Youan] played a good ball to be fair, and they scored. We didn’t handle it as well as we should have.
Shankland enjoyed his first experience of the Edinburgh derby.
“It was great to score,” he said. “Obviously it was my first competitive goal for Hearts. There’s no better game for myself, so I’m delighted. But obviously I would have been much better had we won.
“These are really good games to play. Part of me coming here was to play in these kinds of games for this club. I enjoyed it, but I could have enjoyed it a lot more if they didn’t. didn’t spoil the party at the end.
“It obviously hits you when you walk into the locker room and concede it late. It looks like a loss. But it was a decent performance from us and there are a lot of positives to take.