Why Andy Halliday misses out as Hearts fans react to starting XI for Dunfermline clash

Andy Halliday misses out against Dunfermline. Picture: SNSAndy Halliday misses out against Dunfermline. Picture: SNS
Andy Halliday misses out against Dunfermline. Picture: SNS
Robbie Neilson has made five changes from the Hearts side which lost to Queen of the South for this afternoon’s encounter with Dunfermline Athletic.

Peter Haring, Craig Gordon and Michael Smith all return to the starting line-up. There is a debut for Shay Logan and Euan Henderson earns a start after his impact off the bench last weekend. Steven Naismith is on the bench.

Dropping out are Mihai Popescu, Christophe Berra, Ross Stewart, Andy Halliday and Armand Gnanduillet.

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Halliday has had a niggle and was on the bench but has dropped out but it is not thought to be anything serious.

It looks like it will be a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 with Logan playing rifht-back and Smith in the centre of defence.

@heartsshirts: “Henderson deserves a start”

@theitalianjambo: “So happy for wee Hendo to get a start!!! Beyond deserved!”

@PWMartin_Leith: “HMFC mentality for final 5 games: Draw at Dunfermline (currently in the worst form in the league). Beat Alloa (the actual worst team in the league). Then 2 pts from last 3 games (if we still need them). Glorious!”

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@Gregor_Jack: “Seriously what does Walker need to do to start”

@jasper28085554: “Gnanduillet on bench to me makes little sense. Him and Boyce been linking well and carrying us. Confused every week by decisions.”

@presley_dave: “Good to see Henderson get a start, massive game today.”

@bannerman_jamie: “Forgot hearts were playing thanks for ruining my weekend.”

@EvanMcCallumm: “Don’t understand why Gnando has been dropped.”

@RobbbieStirling: “Walker get yourself out of this mess in the summer pal. absolute criminal how he’s sitting on the bench every week.”