Hearts legend Eamonn Bannon has been impressed by Tynecastle duo Barrie McKay and Cammy Devlin during the Jambos’ fantastic unbeaten start to the season – comparing the ex-Rangers winger to Celtic icon Lubo Moravcik.

McKay and Devlin both arrived in Gorgie over the summer after Hearts’ returned to the top-flight and Bannon, who is a regular at Tynecastle still, thinks the pair have played a key role as Robbie Neilson’s side challenge at the top of the table.

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While Bannon praised the two summer signings, he also had praise for the Tynecastle ground staff, insististing the pitch has helped Neilson’s side play a good brand of football that are “really exciting to watch”.

“I like McKay, he has superb balance and in a way he reminds me of Lubo Moravcik who was at Celtic,” Bannon said.

“He can go left or right and he’s been good since he came in and Cammy Devlin has also been terrific, he bombs about midfield and the fans love that. It all adds up to a superb start to the season and a far better look to the team than a couple of years ago.

“The quality of the Tynecastle pitch has helped, if you can’t play football on that then you can forget it.”

After Hearts’ year in the Championship, few would have expected them to make such a strong start to the new season but Bannon admits that this current crop are “far stronger” than the side pre-pandemic that were rooted to the foot of the Premiership table, adding: “This Hearts team is as good as I’ve seen in a long time. If you look at the side which was in place for a while before the pandemic and through the pandemic then this group is far stronger.

 

“That’s been underlined by the last few games where they’ve been really exciting to watch.

“I even go back to the derby with Hibs which may have ended goalless but I felt their display that day was excellent.

“Robbie has tinkered and tinkered with the side for a while now and he now has all the departments functioning.

“Football is basically a game of dynamics, you need players running about creating chances, getting shots at goal and getting crosses in. The fans love that and that’s what Hearts have been doing in abundance.

“There is a good blend with the players he has at his disposal and it’s down the left hand side where the side is strongest but it’s also effective down the right. Crosses are coming in from both flanks and for the support to be served up that entertainment is fantastic.”

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