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Jonsson: Hearts academy as good as any

Eggert Jonsson insists Hearts should receive more recognition for the work their academy is doing.

The 19-year-old Icelandic prodigy is the latest youth player to break into the Jambos first team, following in the footsteps of Andrew Driver, Calum Elliot, Lee Wallace and Christophe Berra.

So while Hearts are better known for having a squad packed with Lithuanians, Eggert reckons it's time the club was praised, in the same way their city rivals are, for producing young stars.

Jonsson said: "I don't know why the credit goes elsewhere but we are definitely due some as well.

"Hearts are a club that likes to bring on the young players. We already have many in the first team and there are plenty more coming through the academy."

Romanian kid Dumitru Copil, who snubbed Celtic to join the Jambos, and Branimar Kostadinov are among the next crop strongly fancied to make the step-up.

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