The highlights of MacDonald's campaign currently include a clean sheet in a derby with Hibernian as well as excelling in a penalty shoot-out win over Queen of the South in the quarter-finals of the Scottish League Cup. Perhaps more impressive, though, has been the manner in which he has marshalled a defence bereft of any certain experience.
"For a consistency level I really don't believe there are many better than Jamie," said Brown. "The goalkeeper position is absolutely vital, but particularly at Hearts. We have such a young team in front of the keeper and, I have to say, Jamie has done exceptionally well."