Neilson: Kenny Anderson already one of Gorgie boys

Kenny Anderson got off to a scoring start for Hearts
Kenny Anderson got off to a scoring start for Hearts
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KENNY ANDERSON has become an instant hit with the Hearts squad after scoring on his debut, according to head coach Robbie Neilson.

The Dutchman has settled into life at Riccarton little more than a week after joining the Tynecastle club, with Neilson explaining that the players already view Anderson as a valuable signing.

The 22-year-old dispatched a vital header in Saturday’s 3-2 win at Livingston to mark his first game with a goal and is adjusting well to his new club. He already knows Edinburgh well having visited relations of his Dundonian father in Scotland, which has made the move from RKC Waalwijk in the Netherlands easier.

Neilson says the Hearts players are aware of the quality Anderson brings to the group.

“He’s a good character and the boys have taken to him already,” Neilson told the Evening News. “You could see that with his celebration. All the players were round him and everyone on the bench was round him supporting him. That was really good. Scoring will help him massively. As a player coming to a new club, if you do well in your first game then the players instantly take to you. Good players want good players round about them. If you prove you’re a good player then the group will take to you quicker.

“They’ve done that with Kenny. They can see that he’s going to add a lot of value.”

Neilson asked Anderson to get in behind Livingston’s defence when he came on as a substitute at half-time. With the match evenly poised at 1-1, the midfielder produced his team’s second goal by heading home Billy King’s cross on 82 minutes.

“I told him just to make runs in behind, that’s what he does,” said Neilson. “He’s great at getting in behind people and getting himself into the box.

“That’s the reason we brought him here, for him to give us that. I was pleased with him on Saturday and it was really good to see him score.”