Nade's Heart-warming gift for Jambo's boss Laszlo

Hearts manager Csaba Laszlo has hailed the return to fitness of striker Christian Nade as a very early Christmas present.

The former Uganda coach famously claimed to have mistook Frenchman Nade for a fat student during pre-season training at the club's Heriot-Watt University training base.

Laszlo reprised on that theme yesterday as he paid tribute to Nade for his transition from fatness to fitness, culminating in his winning goal at home to Hamilton on Wednesday, his first strike since January.

Complimentary: Laszlo

Complimentary: Laszlo

'To see Christian Nade scoring a goal was like Christmas for me,' said Laszlo.

'I remember the first day I saw him in Germany on our pre-season tour and I thought that he was just a guy on his holidays. But he has said to me all that is in the past. He's a proud guy and he can now say: "I'm back".

'Christian said he will be like a nice Christmas present to me if he keeps his weight down and starts scoring regularly. If he scores 20 goals, I can give him a nice Christmas gift - a new contract. He can then use the money to buy me a nice gift back,' he added.

Less cheery to Hearts supporters was Laszlo's double-speak on the subject of Ghana international Larry Kingston.

Rumours are rife Kingston is trying to work his ticket out of Tynecastle and, while his manager claimed he had no problem with the player, his words suggested he is not fully convinced the midfielder is injured.

'Larry can shoot fine and cross fine but, when he passes the ball, he gets a pain in his leg,' said Laszlo.

'You would have to ask him if he wants to stay. He is a good player - one of the best in the Scottish league - and a very passionate player. He gives us options but, if he says he is injured, then I can't play him.'

Passionate: Nade (centre) in action against Motherwell

Passionate: Nade (centre) in action against Motherwell

Laszlo expects a battle royal at Inverness today but is more concerned with winning at all costs, having shot into fourth in the league on the back of hard-worked, but uninspiring, victories over St Mirren and Hamilton.

He said: 'We played well against Hibs and Aberdeen but we drew both games and we played a great game at Falkirk and lost.

'Do you want success or do you want beauty? We all want beauty but, first of all, I want success.' Laszlo welcomes back Michael Stewart, who has served one match of his three-game suspension for his red-card at Love Street last weekend. The remaining two-match ban kicks in next weekend. Right-back Robbie Neilson is delighted to be back playing after a seven-month injury absence and he revealed that Laszlo is the 'new Craig Levein.'

'I like playing for Csaba. His man-management skills are very good and he is tactically astute. He reminds me a bit of Craig Levein, when he was here.

 'I have been out since April, so it's great to be back playing. Now I just want to get my starting place back.'

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