First Team

Team News: Auchinleck Talbot v Hearts

22nd January 2022

Nathaniel Atkinson has been handed a debut in today’s Scottish Cup tie at Auchinleck Talbot.

The Australian wing-back comes into the starting line-up for the fourth-round match, with manager Robbie Neilson making three changes from the side that beat St Johnstone in mdweek.

Liam Boyce and Andy Halliday join Atkinson in the first XI, with John Souttar missing out through an ankle injury, while Gary Mackay-Steven and Josh Ginnelly move to the bench.

There is also a spot amongst the substitutes for Beni Baningime, who features in a matchday squad for the first time in nearly two months.

Hearts line up as follows:

Gordon, Smith, Kingsley, Haring, Boyce, Atkinson, Devlin, Halliday, Cochrane, McKay, Halkett.

Subs: Stewart, Baningime, McEneff, Mackay-Steven, Ginnelly, Pollock.