Keeper Ridgers avoids surgery

The Scotland Under-21 international was carried off in the 1-0

defeat to Belgium last week and was ruled out for at least 12

weeks.

But the new Jambos boss is relieved that Ridgers’ damaged

posterior cruciate ligament will not force the youngster to go

under the knife, meaning his recovery period will be an estimated

three months when it might have been considerably longer.

McGlynn, who brought in former St Johnstone keeper Peter

Enckelman as back-up on Friday, told the official Hearts website:

“It’s a bonus for the lad that he doesn’t require any surgery.

“It’s a bad enough injury without the need for an operation.

“So that’s good news for everyone.

“Hopefully his recovery goes well and to the timescale set by

the experts.”