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Hearts coach Frail: Mikoliunas can handle spotlight

Hearts coach Stephen Frail is backing Lithuanian winger Saulius Mikoliunas to rise above the expected abuse he'll receive today against Kilmarnock.

The much-maligned midfielder has not featured for the Tynecastle side since he controversially dived to win a penalty against Scotland last month.

Frail said: "I have seen little bits in the last couple of weeks, you can hear the isolated shouts but he needs to be bigger than that and needs to rise above it.

"He will need to accept it and hopefully he will. "It's going to be hard for him, even if he plays I don't think that's it going to be finished.

"It's going to follow him around for a wee bit and he is aware of that.

"We have to make sure he keeps his head and look after him as well. From what I've seen over the last couple of weeks he is going to have to be strong because that is only guys that have nothing to do in the afternoon that come along and watch the reserve game. They are real fans that are coming to watch both teams and we heard the shouts. It's difficult but he has to deal with it because, if he doesn't, he will go the other way.

"He is too good a lad and too good a player to go the other way."

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