First Team

Robbie pleased with young guns

23rd October 2015

Head Coach pleased with his squad's strength in depth.

Hearts’ victory over Dundee United last weekend proved they have a squad capable of handling the demands of top-flight football, according to Robbie Neilson.

The Head Coach was forced into re-shuffling his pack both before and during the game at Tannadice, with Jordan McGhee taking the place of the suspended Callum Paterson.

A second-half injury to Juwon Oshaniwa then paved the way for Liam Smith to make his first team debut, with both players impressing the gaffer.

Speaking to the media at Tynecastle ahead of Saturday’s game against Ross County, Robbie said:

“We had a few injuries last week but thankfully we have a strong squad. Guys like Jordan McGhee and Liam Smith came in and did well, so we’ve got options.

“Everyone works hard and are ready to step in when called upon. And as I said, Jordan performed well at Tannadice and has put himself in contention for a start tomorrow.

Jordan McGhee was one of five call-ups to the recent Scotland U21 squad and Robbie believes such experiences will stand his young players in good stead.

“It’s always good for the U21 players to get away. It can be a reality check for some of them, coming up against big players like the ones they faced when they played France.”

Following last Sunday’s win at Tannadice, Robbie and his players are now fully focused on Saturday's clash against The Staggies.

“It’s a tight league, one where everyone can beat each other. We played United last week, they’re bottom, but it was a tight game and we scraped a 1-0 win.

“Ross County are a good side, they’ve built a good squad, they’re an established top flight team and they’ve got the budget to compete. Saturday’s game will be another tough challenge for us. ”