Glenn Whelan has taken another step on the road to full fitness, turning out for the Hearts’ reserve side.

A strong Jambos team, which included the likes of Oliver Bozanic and Harry Cochrane, strolled to a 3-1 win against St Mirren.

Whelan featured for the reserves. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

The Irishman featured in maroon for the first time as he looks to get up to full match fitness.

Three goals in the second half were enough for the Jambos, who had been pegged back through an earlier Buddies strike.

Whelan will add to the Hearts squad nicely

Whelan could have made his Hearts debut last week against Motherwell. He was named on the bench, but Craig Levein opted not to use the experienced midfielder.

He wasn’t selected against Motherwell. (Photo by Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images)

It’s a big plus for Hearts that he is seemingly nearing full match fitness. Having missed out on pre-season following his Villa departure, it’s important that Whelan is treated carefully on his return to action.

Having played 35 league matches last term in a competitive Aston Villa squad that won promotion to the Premier League, there’s no doubting that the 35-year-old looks after himself.

He is a player who could really help Hearts right now. They are still lacking a quality CDM following Peter Haring’s pelvis issue. Whelan has plenty of defensive qualities and passing ability that’ll make him a great CDM at Tynecastle.

Another step on the fitness road for Hearts man Whelan. (Photo By Seb Daly/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

His reserves appearance is an important step on the road to fitness. His senior Hearts debut is on the horizon.

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