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Hearts keeper Scott Gallacher insists he's ready to prove he should've been given a chance to shine earlier

GALLACHER is fed up of being labelled a youngster and is determined to show that he should've been given a chance earlier in his career.

SNS Group/Craig Foy JS43970553.jpg Hearts goalkeeper Scott Gallacher looks ahead to his side's Championship clash against Hibs

IT'S normally a compliment when someone thinks you’re younger than you actually are.

Not for Hearts keeper Scott Gallacher, though.

He spent the best part of a decade at Rangers trying to force his way past the likes of Scotland stopper Allan McGregor.

Yet, by the end of his time at Ibrox, Gallacher was still being talked about as a ‘promising youngster’ despite being in his mid-20s.

Last season, he finally lost patience when Gers gaffer Ally McCoist signed Steve Simonsen as his back-up option .

McCoist even intimated that Gallacher needed to go on loan for more ‘experience’ – even though he’d already been farmed out to the likes of Airdrie, Forfar and Cowdenbeath.

Now, at the age of 25, he says he’s ready to really come of age at Tynecastle and prove he should have been given a chance to shine long before now.

Gallacher will be the Jambos’ No.1 for the next six weeks as another of his ex-Rangers peers, Neil Alexander, recovers from a broken jaw. He should recover from his own injury scare – a twisted ankle in training last week – to start the Edinburgh derby today.

And it is a big stage for him to convince gaffer Robbie Neilson he’s capable of being the Gorgie side’s first-choice, despite ex Motherwell keeper Lee Hollis being brought in as cover.

Ironically, Gallacher got his chance for Hearts at Ibrox after coming on in place of the injured Alexander in last week’s 2-1 win and Gallacher said: “You couldn’t have written that.

“It was a surprise to get on after spending almost 10 years there. I served my apprenticeship at Ibrox.

“But I really needed to play. When Stevie signed last year, that was hard on me.

“A few people have said to me they didn’t think I was 25. They are convinced I’m younger.

“It’s as if I’m still regarded as a young boy because of what happened at Rangers.

“But I still think I’ve improved and developed – because at a big club you get to train with great players.

“I just hope I can do enough here to compete for the No.1 spot. I see this is a real chance for me with Neilly injured.

“Allan is a good example of how long you have to wait for a chance. He was 25 before he really got a sniff at Rangers.”

Gallacher has been impressed by boss Neilson’s methods so far and reckons the Jambos have already proved they are a better passing side than Gers.

And ahead of today’s clash with Hibs, Gallacher said: “We have a great squad. The boys are terrific on the ball. Passing wise and technically, we’re maybe even better than Rangers.

“We have excellent young boys with real potential.

“Robbie has great ideas as a manager and is good for the youngsters because he’s willing to give them a chance.

“If they do well, then the world’s their oyster.”

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to me the keeper wasn't a priority, shoring up the defense and a playmaker was, for the wages we're paying simmo we could have got john bishop in goals for that comedians performence in the cup final

John Bishop wouldn't get out of bed for that wee wage.

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Which of our keepers was he better than? That should answer your question.

Do you think he will go on to be the regular Scotland No.1?

I have never seen the lad make a mistake playing in the 1st team

I may be wrong but I cannot remember him playing in a Rangers defeat

I watched him excel at Youth Football with Strathclyde United

I watched him excel at North Lanarkshire Schoolboy select

I watched him excel playing for the Rangers youths

I have no idea if he will become a Scotland No 1, He may very well do that.

But your statement that he was not good enough to be Rangers No1 and never would be seemed a little strange.

I thought I had maybe been for a pie and missed some really bad mistake or something.

You statement about Keepers getting better with age is not strictly true, They lose agility and speed.

They improve through experience not age.

Experience comes from playing and game time, So he made the correct decision to develop his career after Simonson was resigned.

The Lad comes from a real staunch Loyalist Rangers supporting family.

I will never grasp why we are always so down on our own

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