Hearts teenager Bobby Burns was acclaimed by coach Jon Daly for his outstanding display in Saturday’s 5-1 friendly win at Forfar.
Daly also praised striker Rory Currie for scoring twice as a substitute as he took charge in the absence of manager Craig Levein.
Burns proved himself a useful left wing-back despite being signed from Glenavon primarily as a midfielder. The Northern Irish teenager is pressing for inclusion in the first team after two assists amid a rampant display.
Currie ruptured his lateral knee ligament last November and is still working back to full fitness. Two goals after replacing Jake Mulraney at the break will help his confidence enormously.
Daly declared himself pleased with the all-round display of a young Hearts team, which featured goals from Ross Callachan, Mulraney, and Dario Zanatta, plus Currie’s double.
Burns was the outstanding player afield and proved he is more than capable of deputising for Ben Garuccio at left wing-back. “He has played at left-back a fair bit before,” Daly told the Evening News. “We utilised him at left wing-back and I thought he was different class. He is very comfortable in midfield or out on the left. It’s obviously a good thing for him that the manager can play him in two positions.
“I was pleased with the team’s performance and I’m pleased for Rory. He has been out injured for a long time. I’ve been there myself and it’s a lonely road.
“He has worked hard in the gym to try and strengthen himself. You wouldn’t think so to look at him but he is physically stronger than he was before the injury. It was good for him to get a couple of goals and his confidence should take a lift from that.”