Hearts manager Robbie Neilson has hailed Barrie McKay’s performance for the Jambos as they cruised to a 3-0 win over Livingston at Tynecastle yesterday, with the Gorgie gaffer insisting that’s why he brought the ex-Rangers winger to the capital.

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McKay was involved in two of Hearts three goals yesterday as strikes from Michael Smith, Liam Boyce and Alex Cochrane sent the Jambos into second place in the Premiership table.

The ex-Rangers youngster wasn’t the only of Neilson’s summer signings to earn praise for his performance in the comfortable win, with Cammy Devlin also receiving plaudits from the Jambos boss.

“Barrie’s performance was the reason we brought him here,” Neilson said.


“We’ve got Barrie, Gary Mackay-Steven, Ben Woodburn, Jamie Walker and Josh Ginnelly, so that keeps everyone fresh and ready to go. He did well.

“Cammy’s another piece in the jigsaw; he’s 23, he’s got energy, pace, mobility and he can deal with the ball.

“I was really pleased with the way we played. We’ve been like that in the majority of games we’ve played this season.

“Today was a day that the majority of things we’ve been working on came to fruition.

“Livingston have had tough games – Sunday, Wednesday, Saturday, against Celtic, Rangers and Hearts.

“So we knew it would be important to bring energy that would allow us to dominate the game. I think we’ve a decent squad here now. All in all, it’s been a good day.”

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