First Team

Robbie reflects on Oban

11th July 2015

Head coach delighted with workout and victory at Oban tournament.

Robbie Neilson was delighted to leave Oban as tournament winners, but even happier with the fitness his players are building up.

The Jambos lifted the D&K Lafferty Challenge Cup after a grueling afternoon in the rain and head coach Robbie was able to give his boys more game-time, which he insisted, was the most important thing.

Speaking to Hearts News after the tournament, he said: “It was a great day and a good test for the boys. It was a really hard tournament, with five 30 minute games.

“It’s good to get the win but at the end of the day it’s all about the fitness. Getting game-time for a lot of players was pleasing.

“It was a good day all round.”

Robbie was able to utilise the whole squad that had travelled to Oban and he had special mentions for one or two.

“I thought Sean McKirdy did really well. He played a lot of the games in midfield alongside Pallardo and Anderson, and El Hassnaoui at times because we were struggling for players for a bit.

“I also thought Jordan McGhee did fantastically well and he was voted player of the tournament, which is not bad for a centre-half.”