Craig Levein made some changes for his side’s Scottish Premiership clash at Tynecastle, naming 16-year-old McDonald and fellow youngster Lewis Moore in his starting XI.
Hearts fans have seen Moore before, but it would have been the first glimpse of McDonald for many as he made his first team bow – and he didn’t disappoint.
The Scotland youth international was very impressive with quality on and off the ball and he produced an outstanding assist for Esma Goncalves to open the scoring in the 2-0 win.
He actually put in the corner that led to Christophe Berra’s goal and, even though that wasn’t a direct assist, he received praise for his hand in both strikes on the night.
Souttar lined up at centre half for the Jambos and had some high praise for McDonald on Twitter post-match.
The centre back played with Gauld at Dundee United at the beginning of his career before the playmaker went on to get a £3million move to Sporting Lisbon – and he believes it was like playing with the former Arab again:
— John Souttar (@JohnSouttar) December 12, 2017
Hopefully Levein rewards McDonald with a regular run in the team as he forges a career at Tynecastle.