Hearts’ recent signing of Gary Mackay-Steven has been welcomed by his new teammate Craig Halkett. Halkett believes there is one area in particular where the former Celtic man can do a good job for the Tynecastle side.

That is, when it comes to breaking down Hearts’ stubborn opponents. Often in the Championship teams put men behind the ball when they face Hearts.

Breaking teams down can be an issue

That is understandable, as Hearts have better players. However, as a result it is sometimes difficult for Robbie Neilson’s side to create chances. Halkett hopes that the attacking play of Mackay-Steven will allow Hearts to deal with that problem.

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Craig Halkett is looking forward to playing with Gary Mackay-Steven (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“That’s one of the qualities you need when you are up against teams who are going to sit with two banks and try to frustrate you” he said (Edinburgh Live).

“Quality and magic”

“That’s when you need that bit of quality and magic. I think Gary has definitely got that in his locker.”

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Gary Mackay-Steven in action for of New York City FC (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)

Halkett also believes that hearts’ forward players will benefit from playing alongside Mackay-Steven. His job for the most part will be as provider for the strikers, and Halkett believes they will love getting the winger’s service.

“He is going to suit the way we want to play – nice, attractive, attacking football. The more players we have like Gary, who are fast, skilful and willing to be direct helps. I think the strikers here are going to love him” Halkett mused.

Mackay-Steven may make his Hearts debut against Alloa this afternoon.

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