Langfield likes ‘fearless’ Fraser

The diminutive winger gave the Hearts defence a torrid time

during his side’s goalless draw at Pittodrie on Sunday.

And Langfield is convinced the 18-year-old has the skill and

bravery required to make it at the top level.

He said: “Whenever he gets tackled he just bounces right back

up. He has no fear whatsoever.

“You can see that he is thoroughly enjoying playing in the first

team.

“All of the older boys think it is so refreshing to see somebody

so young and full of enthusiasm. Long may it continue.”

The Dons stopper had one of his easier afternoons as his side

dominated against a jaded Hearts team, still tired after their

midweek Europa League exertions against Liverpool.

He said: “That was a very quiet game for me. We knew after they

put a lot into their game the other night against Liverpool that

they would be tired, although we had a game on Wednesday night that

went to extra time.

“It was just one of those games where we needed the early goal

as we could have then gone on and scored more.

“Unfortunately we couldn’t get the goal that I thought we

thoroughly deserved.”

However Langfield admitted his side need to show more of a

cutting edge after a second successive goalless draw at

Pittodrie.

He added: “You don’t want draws every week and we know we have

to turn these draws into wins. We think we should be four points

better off than what we are had we taken our chances.

“It’s a good sign that we are talking that way rather than

coming off the pitch thinking that we haven’t played well but got a

point.

“I can’t remember the last time we have played at Pittodrie and

got clapped off after a 0-0 draw. It just shows the fans realise

that the boys are giving everything.”

Hearts goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald said it would be a major

concern for the Tynecastle side if captain Marius Zaliukas was

ruled out of their Europa League second leg at Anfield on

Thursday.

The Lithuanian required an injection on a thigh injury picked up

against Inverness Caledonian Thistle to play in the first leg.

He had another injection prior to the Dons match but was

replaced at half-time when the niggle flared up again, with Hearts

boss John McGlynn saying the player was a major doubt for the

tie.

MacDonald said: “It would be a big blow if he can’t play as he

has been excellent so far this season.

“He was excellent on Thursday night against Liverpool but Darren

Barr slotted in there against Aberdeen in the second half and put

in a great performance.

“I thought we defended well in the second half. It would be a

blow to be without Marius but we have got people in the squad who

can fill the position.”