Robbie Neilson declared himself pleased with last night’s 2-0 friendly win over Bohemians as the Jambos kicked-off their Irish trip with a solid victory.
Late second-half goals from Callum Paterson and Soufian El Hassnaoui gave the Gorgie boys the win, and the head coach hailed the intensity of the match as he believes it helped to provide a worthwhile workout.
Speaking to HeartsTV at full-time, Robbie said: “It was a great work out and I’m really pleased. It was a great game to start and really competitive. Bohemians played really well and they worked hard and made it difficult for us.
“Sometimes when you play pre-season games and the other team is on pre-season it can become relaxed and laid back because nobody is really interested in what they’re putting in, but it there was a really competitive edge to it.
“There were some tackles flying in and a couple of good goals for us. I’m really pleased and hopefully we get much the same on Saturday against Shelbourne.”
With wholesale changes at half-time, all new signings had a chance to play. One unfamiliar face was trialist Mergim Bajraktari, a Swiss-born Albanian, and Robbie revealed he’ll study the midfielder further before making any decision on his future.
“Mergim’s come in and he’s been playing in Switzerland for the past few years,” he said. “We’ll have a look at him. He’s a good player.
“He can play anywhere across the back four and anywhere across the midfield, so we’ll look at him and see if he can add to the squad. We’ll see him again on Saturday and take it from there.”