Gary Mackay-Steven is yet to play a competitive game for Hearts. However, his performances in training have already impressed Tynecastle manager Robbie Neilson.

The winger, who joined Hearts on a free transfer last week, has already made his impact felt in training sessions with his new teammates.

Likes what he sees

Neilson says it will take time for Mackay-Steven to get up to speed, but already he likes what he sees from the player.

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Hearts manager Robbie Neilson has been impressed by Gary Mackay-Steven (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“He’s come into the group and give everyone a lift right away. You could see his quality on the first day of training” he said (Edinburgh Evening News).

“For us, it’s just managing him at the moment because he hadn’t trained since December 12. We are looking forward to him getting involved in the games.”

Mackay-Steven might have to be patient as he waits for his first Hearts start. However, it would not be a shock to see the player involved in Saturday’s game against Alloa on Saturday.

Hearts’ last trip to Alloa ended in defeat, as they went 120 minutes without scoring a goal in a 1-0 Betfred Cup defeat.

Will want to make up for earlier defeat

Neilson and his players will want to make up for that. The chances of gaining revenge on Alloa will be increased if Mackay-Steven is involved in the game.

Gary Mackay-Steven could make his Hearts debut against Alloa on Saturday (photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Neilson has also disclosed that adding more depth on the wings was something he has been eager to do for a while.

“We spoke about getting width into the team with people who can get at full-backs and deliver crosses. It’s something we’ve done in games, but we needed more options in that areas” he concluded.

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