Haring Warns Hearts Of Familiar Face
Peter Haring believes Hearts are where they belong but warns them to not take a familiar face too easily reports Aaron Fraser.
Peter Haring has experienced an awful lot in a maroon shirt. He’s made Scottish Cup Final appearances, felt the pain of an enforced demotion and the mental frustration of a long-term injury. Now as he begins his fourth season in Gorgie, the Austrian finally gets to appear in European football with Hearts. A tantalising prospect for one of the current squad’s longest-serving players.
Speaking at the club’s Riccarton training base, Haring can’t hide his excitement at the playoff tie with FC Zurich on Thursday night.
“Every year since I’ve been here, we’ve tried to get there and finally we are in Europe. Obviously, we want to get through and there’s pressure on you, but I also want to enjoy the coming trips and games. Hopefully, we can get the best results possible”.
There will be a familiar face lining up for the opposition looking to prove a few naysayers wrong. Former Jambo Donis Avdijaj, who had an ill-fated spell at Tynecastle before the COVID-enforced shutdown, now plays for FC Zurich. Upon his arrival in Gorgie, Avdijaj claimed he “scored everywhere”. He would leave the club with three games played and not a single goal to his name.
Haring didn’t get to play with Avdijaj during his time at Tynecastle due to injury but was a former teammate of the Kosovan at Sturm Graz. He has warned Hearts fans not to write their former player off just yet.
“I remember him from playing in Austria, he was there for two years and did really well before going back to Schalke. He’s definitely a player who’s got his qualities”
Having waited since 2018 to sample European football with Hearts, Peter Haring is raring to go. There were times when it looked like his career was finished, and soon he’ll be walking out in St Gallen for a massive playoff match in front of over 2,000 travelling fans. There aren’t many who deserve that feeling more than him.