Hearts manager Craig Levein has hailed Australian midfielder Oliver Bozanic for his recent performances for the Jambos – saying he has done a “fantastic job” for the Tynecastle side.

After losing Peter Haring through injury, Bozanic has stepped his game up and become a key player for Levein’s side – with the manager singling out his performance against Kilmarnock.

23rd October 2018, Dens Park, Dundee, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Dundee versus Heart of Midlothian; Oliver Bozanic of Heart of Midlothian takes the direct free kick and scores for 1-0 in the 1st minute

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“Oli has done a fantastic job and has generally been in good form lately. He is one of those players who does a lot of the unseen, off-the-ball hard work. He is competitive and that’s needed in the team,” said Levein, as quoted by the Edinburgh Evening News.

23rd October 2018, Dens Park, Dundee, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Dundee versus Heart of Midlothian; Oliver Bozanic of Heart of Midlothian applauds the fans at the end of the match

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“Peter Haring did a lot of that for us until he got injured and Oli does a similar thing. He deserves huge credit. I thought he was excellent in our win at Kilmarnock on top of the performance he put in against St Johnstone.”

Bozanic joined Hearts last summer from Melbourne City, signing a two-year deal, and has made 22 appearances this season.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 20: Oliver Bozanic of Melbourne City and Thomas Kristensen of Brisbane Roar contrst the ball during the A-League Elimination Final match between the Melbourne City and the Brisbane Roar at AAMI Park on April 20, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.

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The Jambos currently sit in sixth place in the league but results this weekend could see them draw level on points with Aberdeen and Kilmarnock in third.

Levein’s side travel to Motherwell on Sunday lunchtime as they look to extend their recent impressive run of results.

 

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