Yan Dhanda promises Hibs troll if he scores for Hearts in derby clash after rival abuse

Yan Dhanda has promised Hearts fans he'll have something up his sleeve to celebrate with if he scores against Hibs this season.

The new Jambos signing was unveiled earlier this summer from Ross County after agreeing a pre-contract and immediately set his sights on lofty ambitions at Tynecastle. The former Staggies star hopes to do this term what he did last and hit the net against the Easter Road outfit and continue a war of words which began after news broke last season of his move to Gorgie.

Dhanda had verbals with punters after scoring in last term's 2-2 draw and he revealed his decision behind engaging with the away fans.

But rather than shy away, the Englishman is ready to double down.

“I had quite a bit of stick from Hibs fans during that game,” he told the Edinburgh News. “I thought I would give them something back. Every time I was taking a corner or was over there, I was getting quite a lot of abuse. It goes both ways. If they are going to give it then they have to expect it back. They didn't like it but I had it planned.

“I had a feeling I was going to score. Every time I was taking a corner and getting abused, I thought I was going to score. When I did, I obviously had it ready in my head to do it. The Hibs fans had seen I was coming to Hearts and I was given abuse. We have to take it, it's part of the game, so I feel it was tit-for-tat when I celebrated. If they give it then they have to expect to take it."

“Would I do it again if I scored for Hearts? I definitely will do something. I haven't thought what it will be yet,” Dhanda grinned. “I didn't know what I was going to do when I scored against Hibs. I knew I would do something to give them some back but it kind of just happened naturally. I was in the perfect place right in front of them. Scoring in a derby would be perfect, so hopefully it happens.”