Hearts manager Robbie Neilson handed a Tynecastle debut to Liverpool loanee Ben Woodburn in the Edinburgh derby – and the attacking midfielder rose to the occasion.

Woodburn received a Man of the Match award during the 0-0 Scottish Premiership draw with Hibs. Hearts missed the chance to return to the top of the league but Neilson insists it shows the Tynecastle club – who are back in the Premiership after winning the Championship last season – are back to being a top force in Scottish football.

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Woodburn impressed Hearts fans. (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

He said: “When we came up, you never really know where you are going to be.  You can say: ‘We’re Hearts and we are going to do this and that’ – but until you get into the top flight with the rest of the teams, you don’t know, the players have to believe.

“I felt, with the players we have put together, we would be at the top end, but they have to believe that as well. And one of the things about today, there’s disappointment in the dressing-room, which is a great sign. I’ve been at clubs before when they get a draw and it’s like they’ve won the World Cup, whereas here the feeling is disappointment.”

The performance of Woodburn certainly left fans with a positive impression of the Liverpool loanee.

 

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