Hearts boss Robbie Neilson hopes that League One and League Two get the go-ahead to restart soon, as he fears for the development of Hearts players on loan at those clubs who aren’t playing any football at the moment.

It was recently announced that the lower leagues in Scotland won’t be returning until March at the earliest, a decision which concerns Neilson.

He identifies giving players the chance to impress on loan a key part of his strategy for the youngsters at the club, and at the moment this can’t happen.

“One of the key things”

“One of the key things for us in the January window was getting these boys out and getting them playing at a good level, hoping to get 15-20 games under their belt before they come back in the summer and push to get into the first-team” he said (Edinburgh Live).

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Hearts manager Robbie Neilson and Christophe Berra (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The Hearts boss is concerned that the lack of reserve league football coupled with no League One and Two games isn’t giving young players the game time that they need at a key stage of their careers.

“Aren’t developing the way they should”

“The way things are going with the lower leagues that is not going to be the case. We just hope they get back playing as quick as they can because we don’t have any reserve football.

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Hearts manager Robbie Neilson wants the lower leagues to resume (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“There’s a number of players who aren’t developing the way they should” the Hearts boss continued.

It remains to be seen if the lower leagues get the go-ahead to start next month, Neilson sounds very keen that they do.

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