Hearts midfielder Don Cowie has backed caretaker boss Jon Daly to take on the role full time at Tynecastle.
Daly has been in charge for the previous two Scottish Premiership games since the abrupt departure of Ian Cathro before the start of the season and has made no secret of his desire to take the job on a permanent basis.
Cowie, who signed a one-year contract extension with the club on Thursday, says Daly has the full backing of the players after overseeing a 1-0 win over Kilmarnock last week.
The 34-year-old said: “We responded really well last week and got a great win, and who knows if we go to Rangers on Saturday and get another win, Jon comes to the forefront of people’s mind.
“The boys are really responding to him, they respect him and there’s a real edge to training all of a sudden. I think that’s down to him and what he’s done.
“There’s been loads of names linked to the job in the media – not that we’re hearing anything on the inside – but there seems to be lots of big names and that doesn’t surprise me because it’s a great job to get.
“We’re more than happy working with Jon right now and if that goes on any longer, we’ll give him everything we can.”
He added: “He said himself nine months ago when he was caretaker that it was maybe a wee bit early for him, but now I see someone who is ready to be manager of this club.
“He looks confident and has the respect of players which is massive.
“A positive result on Saturday and who knows? But the club will take their time.”
It was announced on Thursday that Cowie had signed a contract extension to keep him at the club beyond his 36th birthday and the former Wigan man is optimistic of what can be achieved in that time.
He said: “It’s been a tough time the last six to nine months but it’s a challenge that I feel I’ve enjoyed, and the fact that the club feel the need to do it is a great boost for me.
“Looking forward I’m excited to help the club even more.”
He added: “We need to be challenging in that top four places, we need to be getting to the latter stages of cups and hopefully in that time we can qualify for Europe or win a cup final.
“That’s why I came to the club, that’s what enticed me to come here and I want to sample it.”