Neilson may make changes for Queens clash

Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson
Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson
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Robbie Neilson has every Hearts player fit for today’s encounter with Queen of the South but is considering changing his team despite last week’s 5-0 win over Livingston.

The head coach stressed he will only select the best side to win this afternoon’s match at Palmerston Park regardless of who he upsets.

Midfielder Scott Robinson and defender Brad McKay did not make the squad last weekend and Neilson admitted he was finding it difficult to pick a starting line-up. Even with seven substitutes, experienced players are being left unstripped on matchdays.

However, Neilson insisted that is how it will need to be, such is the strength of squad at his disposal. “It does make it hard when it comes to picking a team. We’ve won a few games with decent results this season and we’ve changed it. Everyone knows we pick a team to go and win the game, not to keep people happy,” he told the Evening News.

“All the boys are fine and have been training. Nobody has had any issues at all and all the players are fit. It’s unusual to have that but we’ve got everyone available for today, so that’s pleasing.”

Neilson was at Central Park last Saturday to see Queen of the South lose 2-1 to Cowdenbeath. The Dumfries club then appointed James Fowler as full-time player-manager on Tuesday.

“I watched them last week and, in the first half, I thought they weren’t great,” said Neilson. “Cowdenbeath were the better team. In the second half they came out and did very well and showed what a threat they are.

“We’ve watched videos of them this week and we know it’s going to be a difficult one.”