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'I can make an impact on the team' - Tait

Macaulay Tait believes he can "make an impact" at Hearts, after making his first start for Steven Naismith's side in the 1-1 draw against Kilmarnock.

The 18-year-old midfielder came off the bench in nine previous games this season before making his full debut at the weekend, and was pleased with his performance.

"I thought first half I had a bit of control and did well," Tait told BBC Scotland. "The second half was a bit scrappy and end to end so I had a bit less impact but I thought I did well in the game.

"I feel every opportunity I’ve had to play I've played well and today was my first start. It was a nice feeling and I think I can make an impact on the team."

Naismith praised the youngster's "calmness beyond his years" in the game, after handing him his full debut.

Tait said the Hearts manager has "helped massively" as he has tried to break into the starting lineup.

"It’s helped make it a much easier transition into the first team," Tait said. "I know that he knows what I can do and that helps me play a bit more freely.

"I know him personally and he helps me a lot so it’s been good to work with him.

"I’m really determined. I’ve worked so hard to get to this point and it’s only starting. There are some really good players ahead of me so there is a lot of competition for places and everybody is working as hard as they can."