LiveHearts 3 - 0 Inverness CT RECAP: Championship winners lift trophy after easy win
Hearts welcome Inverness CT to Tynecastle Park this afternoon for the club’s final home game of the season.
The league winners will lift the Championship trophy after the match following much speculation as to whether it would be left on the stand, as per the desire of many fans, or be hoisted into the air by captain Steven Naismith. Hearts confirmed it will be the latter.
Robbie Neilson’s men will be looking to bounce back from the midweek draw with Greenock Morton by putting on a positive display against a team still fighting for promotion.
The Highlanders, under the interim charge of Neil McCann, are just behind Dunfermline Athletic who occupy the third and final play-off spot. ICT have been on a fine run of late and possess Hibs star Scott Allan on loan.
We will have updates throughout the day from Tynecastle, including analysis and reaction following the game.
Hearts v Inverness CT LIVE: Updates, reaction and analysis from Tynecastle Park
Last updated: Saturday, 24 April, 2021, 17:19
- Kick-off - 3pm
- Team news - 1.45pm
How the Hearts players rated
Hearts saw off Inverness CT with ease, winning 3-0 at Tynecastle Park.
FT: Hearts 3 - 0 Inverness CT
There isn’t much to add from the first half. The game fizzled out with Hearts in complete control.
Finlay Pollock was handed his debut and he looked eager off the bench, buzzing about, showing nice touches.
The most entertaining aspect of the second half was Robbie Neilson and Neil McCann exchanging words. The latter was still unhappy after the match and had more words for Neilson who walked away.
GMS OFF, Pollock ON
Naismith slides a pass past Carson for GMS to run on to and set up Boyce. The striker slid in but his effort clipped the post.
Gnanduillet OFF, Naismith ON
Irving v Allan
The Hibs ace expertly spun away from McEneff but his attempted through pass was intercepted by Irving who motored forward and played a delightful defence splitting pass for GMS who couldn’t quite find Boyce.
McCann v Neilson
A Welsh tackle on Boyce prompted a round of verbals between Neilson and McCann. The latter is now sitting in the stand.
Todorov OFF, Lyall ON
ICT’s second change as ex-Hearts man Todorov is replaced after a tough outing. Roddy MacGregor had replaced Allardice at half-time.
Early Gordon save
ICT start brightly with Todorov getting free down the right but his low shot was never troubling Gordon.
HT: Hearts 3 - 0 ICT
A fine first 45 minutes for the champions. ICT could have gone ahead early on through Scott Allan but he fizzed his shot over the bar after getting free at a corner. From that moment onwards it was all about Hearts.
Neilson’s men have looked really comfortable in their 3-4-1-2. And it is a system which has caused real issues for the Highlanders.
Neil McCann has been unhappy with his players, particularly Scott Allardice early on as they struggled to press the right players.
Michael Smith’s movement with and without the ball out of defence has given the Hearts attack thrust from deep with Logan pushing high on the right.
Boyce has been dropping off, picking up the ball and linking. He had more touches in the first 15 minutes than he did in the whole game against Morton it seemed. GMS is having his best game for Hearts, moving vertically, coming short but then spinning and running in behind. His first goal was a lovely finish, his second was all about his pace.
The likes of McEneff and Gnanduillet have been important supporting characters.
The only negative about the performance, Peter Haring’s injury. The Austrian had a strong start but had to be replaced after getting a knock on his hip.
Irving ready to replace Haring
The Austrian took a knock to his hip earlier in the half. Straight down the tunnel to get treatment.
Neilson gets a word from Madden
Bobby Madden comes across to speak to Neilson who was unhappy with the placement of an Inverness free-kick.
A nothing ball through the middle sees GMS putting pressure on Danny Devine as he ushered it back to Ridgers but the ball is flicked over the exposed ICT goalkeeper and drops into the bottom corner.