HEARTS head coach Robbie Neilson expects more to come from new signing Danny Swanson after his debut at Inverness on Friday.
Predicting he will improve with more match practice, Neilson declared himself pleased with the midfielder’s contribution despite the 2-0 defeat in the Highlands.
Swanson joined Hearts last Wednesday on a contract until the end of the season. Having been out of favour at former club Coventry City, he is some way short of full match fitness. It was therefore a surprise when he was named in the starting line-up to face Inverness but Neilson felt he acquitted himself well.
“I thought Danny looked good. We didn’t utilise him as well as we can but I thought he showed great touches and he’s only going to get better for us,” he told the Evening News. “He’s technically a very good player. We didn’t make runs off him and even our final pass was poor.
“He needs match fitness, definitely, because he hasn’t played a lot of games. You could see on Friday night that he isn’t far away. He did well in the game. We have a few boys who can play in that No.10 role in midfield but we just need to get better at everything we do.
“I spoke to him on Friday morning about playing from the start. We changed the team around when Morgaro Gomis pulled out because of a family bereavement. That meant I had to change a few things and some stuff we had worked on was altered.
“This is a learning curve for us and it’s a process like that the whole way through. Everything we do, we have to get better at, no matter whether we win, lose or draw.”