Beni Baningime has already won the adoration of Hearts fans after his debut performance against Celtic, following his exit from Everton just 24 hours beforehand.

The midfielder completed a permanent switch to Tynecastle from Everton on Friday and Hearts manager Robbie Neilson threw him straight into the starting XI against Celtic. He won Man of the Match as Hearts recorded a brilliant 2-1 win on the Scottish Premiership’s opening day.

Taking on international players, Baningime controlled the midfield and looked head and shoulders above everyone else in the central area. Neilson has secured the midfielder on a three-year deal.

John Souttar scored an 89th winner to seal a great return to the Premiership for last season’s Championship winners. Anthony Ralston leveled for Celtic after Gary Mackay-Steven opened the scoring.

Hearts fans have been quick to praise their new recruit from Everton after a promising start.

Heart of Midlothian v Celtic - Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership

Few could get near the Everton academy graduate. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

 

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