Csaba Laszlo: Hearts are No. 1 in Scotland

Andy MuirheadCorrespondent IJune 9, 2009

GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 04: Aiden McGeady of Celtic tackles Robbie Neilson of Hearts during the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Hearts at Celtic Park November 4, 2006 in Glasgow, Scotland  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Csaba Laszlo has stated that the Hearts are the only club in Scotland capable of producing talent for the future and claimed that the Hearts are No. 1 in Scotland for it.

The Hungarian tactician has used Andrew Driver’s call up to the England squad for the European Under-21 Championship in Sweden, as well as the departure of Craig Gordon, Christophe Berra and Robbie Neilson to the Premier League and the Championship respectively.

“Celtic and Rangers take players for big money. We try a different way and in this way we are the number one,” Laszlo told The Evening News. “This season, Robbie Neilson has gone to The Championship, Christophe Berra is now in the Premier League, there is also Craig Gordon. We know we are in the right way and we have a very good plan. I am very proud of Driver, I think Hearts are the only team in Scotland who has produced a player for the England Under-21 team for some time. He was brought through and he grew with Heart of Midlothian and is now with the England Under-21 squad. I think this is a big thing for Scottish football. Not so many teams in this country can say they have the facilities and the academy to grow players for the English national team."

“I am very pleased about Andy and I hope he can have a good tournament with England," he went on to add. "His career can be greater, definitely, and this can be great for Heart of Midlothian. You can see how many players have left us to go to The Championship and The Premier League. In this direction Hearts are number one in Scotland.”

I would have to point out to Csaba Laszlo though, that Robbie Neilson came through the Youth system from 1994 through 1996 before joining the Hearts, so he really isn’t the product of Hearts youth set up.

On top of that, he has failed to mention the likes of Alan Hutton, Barry Ferguson, Allan McGregor for Rangers and Aiden McGeady, Shaun Maloney, Darren O’Dea for Celtic, to name but a few who have made the grade. The same could be said of Edinburgh rivals Hibernian who have nurtured the likes of Derek Riordan, Garry O’Connor, Steven Fletcher, Kevin Thomson and Scott Brown.

Maybe it is all about stealing the limelight in the case of Laszlo, during a quiet summer period or maybe is it cover for a lack of signings for the Tynecastle in the upcoming transfer window?

We will just have to wait and see, but there is no disputing that the likes of Christophe Berra, Craig Gordon and Andy Driver are good players.