He has finally scored a goal. Yes, it was in a pre-season friendly, but Craig Wighton has at long last scored for Hearts.

The Jambos thrashed Irish side Shelbourne 7-0. The likes of Christophe Berra and Steven MacLean got on the scoresheet, but perhaps most importantly, Wighton got his name on it.

He’s finally scored. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Fan didn’t quite know how to take his goal. Some were buzzing for the forward, others wondered whether it actually happened.

Wighton goal a confidence boost for him and Hearts

If Wighton had scored against a Shelbourne youth team it would have to be considered a positive. No matter the opposition right now, that man has to start hitting the net.

Some fans will have already written him off. Obviously you can’t read too much into a goal against inferior opposition in terms of how he’ll do over the course of a 38 game league campaign.

Wighton has to put in more work at Hearts. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

What you can see is how much of a confidence boost it’ll give him. It helps show him what it feels like to score again. It’ll give him a boost ahead of the upcoming friendlies and Betfred Cup games.

It’ll also give Hearts a boost. There most likely won’t be any more arrivals in the striker department apart from Steven Naismith now. To have another option that can score regularly would be a boost.

It’s a start and only that. More work obviously has to be done from Wighton to prove he can continue to score for  the Jambos. Everyone has to start somewhere and perhaps this friendly is the boost he needed.

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