Hearts manager Robbie Neilson has been left pleased with the instant impact Preston North End loanee Josh Ginnelly has made in maroon.

Signed yesterday morning as the winger completes a season-long loan switch from Deepdale, he featured for the Jambos in a bounce game away to St Mirren. He created the second goal as Neilson’s men secured a good 2-1 win.

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Ginnelly made a good impression on Robbie Neilson. (Photo by David Shipman – CameraSport via Getty Images)

It was a decent workout for his players as they beat Premiership opposition. Ginnelly was also able to display what he can do whilst at Tynecastle, creating the second goal with a great whipped ball into the area.

Goals from Jordan Roberts and Jamie Walker in the first half gave Hearts the win as Kyle McAllister netted for St Mirren. The Tynecastle side kick off their campaign next month when the League Cup group stages get underway.

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This summer, Neilson has brought in Craig Gordan, Roberts, Elliot Frear, Ross Stewart and Ginnelly. The latter really impressed his new boss in the Paisley victory.

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“It was a good game, I’m delighted with the way we played at, especially in the first half,” said Neilson (Hearts TV). “I thought we moved the ball very well, scored two good goals and, again, just good to get some game-time.

“He (Josh) did great. I was really pleased with him. He’s not trained a lot this season and that’s the first game he’s played as well so a wee bit of rustiness there but I thought he looked very sharp.

“He created the second goal for us by doing exactly what we want him to do; skipping by somebody and a great delivery. It’s a good start for him.

“We want to get pace out in the wide areas and we’ve managed to get three in to give us that and they all did very well.”

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