Hearts midfielder Peter Haring believes summer arrivals such as Everton academy graduate Beni Baningime have raised the standards at the Scottish Premiership club.

Baningime has won several headlines since his summer move from Everton by hitting top form in manager Robbie Neilson’s midfield. Other signings have pushed the likes of Jamie Walker out of matchday squads as Neilson’s team maintains good health.

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The midfielder has shone for the Jambos since arriving from Everton. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

Haring welcomes strong competition for places because it’s something which should be expected in Gorgie. Ahead of this weekend’s Scottish Premiership match with Ross County, the Austrian midfielder said: “Beni’s made it tough for me as he’s another challenger for my position! But he’s been really good since he came in.

“I think we have quite a good understanding. We are quite similar players in the way we play football. He is really intelligent. He’s a player who understands the game really well which makes it really easy to play with him. He’s been really good off the park too.

“It’s good to have competition not just in my position, but in others too. You have to fight for your position. You can see it in training. That’s what it should be like when you are playing for a big club like Hearts.”

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