Hearts winger Barrie McKay has made a strong start to life at Tynecastle after things turned sour for him in England, leaving the former Rangers kid without a club – but McKay is delighted to be back playing again and making an impact for the Jambos.

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Robbie Neilson’s side will look to continue their unbeaten start to the season when they face Dundee at Tynecastle tomorrow and McKay is confident that Hearts can “achieve things” this year after being impressed with how Neilson sets his side up.

After playing under Mark Warburton at Rangers, McKay thinks there are distinct similarities between how his former Ibrox boss liked to play and how the Jambos gaffer likes setting his side up.

“It’s been enjoyable getting back out there and helping the team as well. Everything is always better when you’re winning,” he said.

“It’s helped me settle into the squad. We know we have a good squad and we can achieve things this year.

“I only knew a certain number of players when I came in but I’ve been pretty impressed with the guys I didn’t know.


The style of play has really impressed me – the way we press and pass the ball. It really suits the players we have.

“I played under Warburton, it was total football. I don’t think we’re really that far off that with the way the manager wants us to play here. We want to keep the ball and we have players in attack who can hurt teams.

“At the other end, Craig [Gordon] is an unbelievable keeper who makes big saves at big moments, plus there are three good centre-backs who help him keep the ball out of the net.”

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