Robbie Neilson will have a few selection headaches this season with the Hearts squad he has built. Picture: SNS

Is this Robbie Neilson's best Hearts XI to start the season?

A look at how the Jam Tarts could line-up for their return to competitive action

Hearts finally get their season underway on Tuesday when they welcome Inverness CT to Gorgie in the first competitive match in more than 200 days. The Betfred Cup clash will see Robbie Neilson pick his first XI since depart for MK Dons back in 2016.

There is plenty for the Tynecastle boss to consider, especially with the additions of Mihai Popescu and more specifically Andy Halliday, both players getting a run out against Partick Thistle on Friday. Meanwhile, there could be at least one further signing before the transfer window closes with the club keen on Stephen Kingsley.

Taking into consideration Peter Haring’s continued progression to full fitness, could this be Neilson’s starting XI going forward (Liam Boyce and Michael Smith likely to miss first couple of games due to international commitments)?

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