He watched them put five past lower league opposition in friendly competition – and Hearts boss Robbie Neilson wants the same when competitive action kicks off.

The Jambos returned to Tynecastle for a match for the first time since their 1-1 draw with Motherwell in March. Albeit a friendly, they put in an impressive performance, beating League One East Fife 5-0.

Five different Jambos got their names on the scoresheet under the Tynecastle lights. Craig Halkett, Elliott Frear, Jamie Walker, Liam Boyce and Chris Hamilton all scored as Neilson’s team racked up a convincing win.

Hearts start their competitive season at home to Inverness in the League Cup group stages next month before the Championship season kicks off on October 17. They’ll face Dundee at Tynecastle in the league opener.

Speaking after their recent friendly win (Hearts FC), Neilson says he wants the Jambos to rack up the goals this term: “I was pleased with how we started. We were on the front foot, we passed it really well and were aggressive.

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Jamie Walker has been praised. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

“That gave us a comfortable lead, they then changed their team a bit in the second half and went a bit gung-ho and the game kind of flattened out. That was to be expected because most of our boys played the full 90 minutes and for many of them it was their first 90 minutes at that level for a long time.

“We’ve got boys like Walker and Frear who have great delivery plus we have physicality with guys like Halkett and Boyce. This season for me is about making sure we get a good goals tally and try to win games convincingly.”

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