Hearts boss Robbie Neilson was full of praise for Tynecastle duo Jamie Walker and Andy Irving following the 2-0 win over Morton on Saturday.

The Tynecastle club were in charge for practically the entire 90 minutes, and picked up the three points thanks to two goals from Walker.

First goals since October

The goals were Walker’s first since a Betfred Cup tie against Inverness in October. Neilson was pleased with the winger’s performance at Cappelow, and is pleased that he is able to play Walker and Steven Naismith in the same team.

Jamie Walker scored both of Hearts' goals against Morton

Jamie Walker scored both of Hearts’ goals against Morton (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“He’s a top player. He started the season in the Betfred’s really well, then he had a wee niggle and come out the team. Just getting his fitness back now, but it was great to see in there. Being able to have (Steven) Naismith and Walker in those positions is really good quality.”

Played a key role in second goal

Neilson then went on to praise Irving for his performance in the game. Irving played a key role in Hearts’s second goal as his pass spotted Walker in space, who finished in style. The Hearts boss was keen to talk up the 20-year-old’s passing ability. He was also impressed with how the youngster handled such a tough test at Cappelow.

Andy Irving played key part in Hearts' second goal

Andy Irving played key part in Hearts’ second goal (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“He’s got great passing ability, as you seen with the pass for the goal. It’s great to have him in. He’s still learning the game. I was really pleased with him. Obviously coming down here, we knew what the pitch was going to be like, we knew the physicality was going to be like, I thought Andy handled it very well.”

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