Hearts manager Robbie Neilson revealed that he is excited to unleash his creative options ahead of the Edinburgh derby on Sunday. Ben Woodward and Barrie McKay have joined the club this season and have added to the creativity of Gary Mackay-Steven, Josh Ginnelly, and Jamie Walker. The manager believes he has spoilt for choice ahead of the derby as he hopes to extend their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership.
“It’s really important to have a lot of options in that area of the team. These guys (Woodburn, Walker, Ginnelly, Mackay-Steven, Mackay) are very explosive players. We’re asking them to go one v one with people and they’re going to get a lot of contacts so they’ll pick up knocks and niggles.” Hearts manager Robbie Neilson said. “You have to have a group of them so players can come in and play, and if they pick up injuries someone else can come in and take their place. I’m really pleased with that department.”
“The recruitment’s been good. Joe (Savage) and I spoke with Ann (Budge) and the board prior to the window opening about what we wanted to do with the squad and where we felt we had to get to, and I think we’ve managed to do the majority of it,” he added. “There’s still more scope to do one or two things in the January window. We spoke about not having wholesale changes every year at Hearts, which had happened in the previous three or four years.”