Hearts star Beni Baningime has won rave reviews since arriving at Tynecastle from Everton over the summer and Australian midfielder Cammy Devlin admits it would be “class” to get the chance to play regularly alongside the 23-year-old for Robbie Neilson’s side.

Beni Baningime in action for Hearts v Celtic

Hearts’ Beni Baningime during the Scottish Premiership match between Heart of Midlothian and Celtic (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

Baningime has been a revelation in midfield for the Jambos and Devlin, who also arrived in Edinburgh this summer, thinks he’d have a strong partnership with the Kinshasa-born star.

The Australian made his debut last weekend in the 2-2 draw with Ross County and could feature alongside Baningime when the Jambos face Livingston in Gorgie, and Devlin believes he’s deserved all the praise he’s been getting since making the move to Hearts.

“Beni’s getting rave reviews, and rightly so. He’s come in from a big club and he’s trying to prove himself at Hearts. He’s a great guy and he’s been really good to me since I arrived.

“On the pitch, he’s been one of our most consistent players so it would be class to get the opportunity to play with him.

“We’ve spoken about how good it will be to get the chance to play together. I think we’d make a good partnership, but I feel everyone in the midfield at the moment is very good.

“Beni’s a top guy and a great player, and he thoroughly deserves all the praise he’s getting.”

 

International ambitions for Hearts star

As well as forcing his way into the side at Tynecastle, Devlin hopes he can catch the eye of Australia boss Graham Arnold and win full international recognition after representing the Socceroos at the Olympics earlier this year.

Arnold was also in charge of the Australian Olympic side so Devlin isn’t a stranger to him, and the Hearts midfielder thinks playing his football in Europe is a “big thing” when it comes to his international prospects.

“I was lucky enough to go to the Olympics with Graham Arnold, who’s the head coach of the national team, so he knows what I can do.

“Being in the European window is a big thing in terms of the national team, but the only way I’ll get in is if I perform well for Hearts, so fingers crossed that will come up for me.”

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