Hearts youngster learning lessons from Glenn Whelan
Teenager is relishing playing alongside the 35-year-old Republic of Ireland international.
Hearts youngster Andy Irving is relishing the opportunity to learn from his more experienced midfield partner Glenn Whelan.
The 19-year-old academy graduate has been a regular in Craig Levein's first team so far this season, starting three of Hearts' four league matches prior to the international break.
Irving was joined in the starting XI by former Stoke and Aston Villa man Whelan for the last two of those games and feels he has benefited from playing alongside the 35-year-old.
"He's such a good player," said Irving. "As soon as he came in for training, I could just tell how good he was instantly.
"It's good that he makes the game look so easy. He's so composed and relaxed and it helps me as well.
"If he's speaking to me and telling me what to do, obviously I'm going to listen to him because he's had such a good career."
Hearts resume their Premiership campaign against Motherwell at Tynecastle on Saturday, looking to secure their first victory of the league season and climb from their current position of 11th place in the table.