How Hearts could line-up v Dunfermline after the signing of Aberdeen's Shay Logan

Hearts face Dunfermline Athletic on Saturday as they try and put an end to a tormenting ten days where they lost to both Brora Rangers and Queen of the South.

Thursday, 1st April 2021, 1:13 pm
Robbie Neilson will be able to welcome back Craig Gordon and Michael Smith for the clash with Dunfermline. Picture: SNS

Three points would see them move closer to securing the objective of winning the Championship and a return to the top flight which could ease the pressure slightly on the management and board.

Robbie Neilson has made an addition to the squad with the loan signing of Shay Logan from Aberdeen on loan for the final five league games. It was a move which raised a few eyebrows amongst fans but will give the manager more choice, allowing him to move Michael Smith into a centre-back role or over to left-back. It also keeps Cammy Logan on loan at Cove Rangers where he could get a number of games including one against Rangers in the Scottish Cup this weekend.

We look at the line-up Neilson could choose for the Dunfermline match which includes five changes.

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The club’s player of the season so far. Has made huge and key saves at crucial points.
Hugely experienced in Scottish football with more than 200 top-flight games. Hasn’t played too much for Aberdeen this campaign.
The Northern Irishman has performed ably at right-back, left-back, centre-back and in the middle of defence.
Has not had a glittering season but has played every minute in the league.
A trusted player under Robbie Neilson. One of the few players close to pass marks against Queen of the South but could be moved to left-back where he impressed for Rangers as back-up to Borna Barisic.
Struggled to influence the game in a wide position against Queen of the South. Energy could be vital in the middle of the park against the Pars.
Still not signed a contract but with Peter Haring not featuring all that often no one in the squad provides what he does.
A positive impact off the bench against Queen of the South to tee up Gnanduillet and has impressed in bounce games.
The Northern Irishman is one of the club’s best players, can score goals, link and create.
If played wide needs to be on the left so he can drift in field to find pockets of space. Has been hugely effective off the bench.
Only Josh Ginnelly has a better goals per 90 minutes ratio than the Frenchman in the Championship.