Hearts manager Robbie Neilson is not surprised to see Liam Boyce succeed at Tynecastle. The striker has scored 10 goals in 15 games this season as he bids to help Hearts get back to the Premiership.

Last season he joined Hearts in January, but was unable to stop the team being relegated as the season was brought to an early end. That didn’t stop Premiership sides from expressing an interest in the forward, but Neilson and Hearts chief Ann Budge were eager to keep the player at Tynecastle.

“I haven’t been surprised with him at all. I knew him from his time up at Ross County when he scored a lot of goal” he said (Daily Record).

“Doing very well”

“He went down to Burton and got injured in the first game of pre-season then fought back, and he was doing very well before he came back up here” Neilson stated.

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Liam Boyce celebrates scoring for Hearts (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Neilson then spoke of his determination to keep Boyce at Tynecastle.

“One of the first things”

“One of the first things I said to Ann when I came in was: ‘Let’s make sure we keep Liam Boyce’ because with the club being demoted there were a number of clubs in the Premiership who were looking to take him” he disclosed.

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Liam Boyce has scored 10 goals for Hearts this season (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Neilson is looking forward to seeing the strike partnership between Boyce and January signing Armand Gandndulliet develop.

“Liam has been brilliant for us, he’s kicked on again since Gandndulliet has come in. It’s important that there’s pressure on every player to perform, and I am looking forward to getting the two of them together up front” he said.

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