Hearts star John Ginnelly is delighted to see Lian Boyce return to fitness for the Jambos and thinks the Northern Irishman being back will “frighten” opposition defenders.

Boyce returned to action in last weekend’s 2-0 defeat by Motherwell after a stint on the sidelines through injury and Ginnelly thinks that having the prolific striker back can really help the Tynecastle side get back to winning way – even if it means losing out on a place in the starting XI himself.

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Robbie Neilson’s side host St Mirren this afternoon in the Premiership and, with Boyce likely to start, Ginnelly is delighted to see the “brilliant” Jambos striker back fit.

“Boycey is a massive player for us,” said Ginnelly. “I think with him in the team, even if big Armand [Gnanduillet] is playing, we have a focal point up front. If the conditions are going against us we can use them to hold the ball up.

“Boycie is a brilliant player and so clever. Having him back will frighten teams because he has got everything.

“When Boycey came on it was a lot better against Motherwell and he suited that game. Myself, Ben and Barrie couldn’t really get into it as they had giants at the back.”

A win for the Jambos this afternoon would see Hearts climb into second place in the Premiership ahead of Celtic facing Aberdeen tomorrow.

After the disappointing performance last weekend against Motherwell, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Neilson springs a few changes and tries to change somethings against a St Mirren side looking to cement their place in the top six.

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