Hearts manager Robbie Neilson believes Liverpool loanee Ben Woodburn will only improve upon a Man of the Match performance against Hibs.

The Welsh international hasn’t spent much time with his new teammates due to international duty, but the attacking midfielder has started twice since arriving on a season-long loan from Liverpool in August. Woodburn was a source of attacking flair as Hearts played out a 0-0 draw with Hibs in the first Edinburgh derby of the season.

Liverpool First Team Headshots

Woodburn impressed in Gorgie. (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Neilson said: “Ben hasn’t really been with us that much. He came in for a couple of days before we played Dundee United and then he was away on international duty after he played. He came back on Thursday and I think he will continue to build his fitness.

“You can see he has got real quality. I thought it was a really good game, I really enjoyed it. Sometimes as a manager you don’t enjoy it. There’s a tinge of disappointment because we didn’t get three points. That was a derby. The game last season (Scottish Cup semi-final with no fans) was flat.

“It was far more enjoyable and the energy from the crowd makes a huge difference. With the players I have put together, I think they should be at the top end of the Premiership, but they have to believe that as well.”

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