HEARTS’ young defender Jordan McGhee is ready to face St Johnstone this weekend and hasn’t suffered any confidence crisis after his handball at Aberdeen.
Head coach Robbie Neilson explained today that the teenager has moved on from his mistake and is in contention to play at McDiarmid Park.
McGhee’s bizarre handball three minutes from full-time gave Adam Rooney a match-winning penalty last weekend. The defender looked distraught at his error but has been given unstinting support by his team-mates and management staff.
Neilson has still to decide whether McGhee or Juwon Oshaniwa will occupy the left-back slot against St Johnstone but stressed that McGhee is both focused and ready if selected.
“I’ll decide as the week goes on, depending on how boys are doing in training, what I think for the game on Saturday. We’ve got an idea of how St Johnstone will play and we’ll start building towards that,” Neilson said.
“He [McGhee] doesn’t have a confidence problem, he’s made a mistake and he knows that. The sooner it gets put to bed the better. Come Sunday morning, it was done and dusted and we moved on. It’s important Jordan keeps progressing because he’s been doing well this season.”
Hearts hope midfielder Prince Buaben will be available despite suffering a toe injury last week. “He had a toe problem last year and obviously got an operation at the end of the season,” said Neilson.
“He’s just got a knock on it at the weekend but I don’t see it being a problem. I think he’ll be fine to train before the end of the week. Everyone else is okay. We did a recovery session Sunday and they were all fine.”