‘He’s always been somebody with ability’ – Allan Johnston hopes ex-Kilmarnock pupil Robbie Muirhead can thrive at Hearts

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ALLAN Johnston hopes Robbie Muirhead can go from strength to strength at Hearts after watching his former protege put Rangers to the sword.

Muirhead provided Hearts with the cutting edge in Wednesday night’s 2-0 victory over the Ibrox club with a brace either side of half-time.

The goals were the 20-year-old’s first since joining Hearts in the summer and he has shown promising signs of recapturing his best form in recent days with starts against Motherwell and Rangers.

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Muirhead made his first-team breakthrough at Kilmarnock under Johnston and anger at the sale of the versatile attacker to Dundee United sparked the manager’s controversial departure from Rugby Park.

However, Johnston is delighted to see the Scotland under-19 cap peaking again after a disappointing 18 months at United.

The Dunfermline boss told Capital City Press: “He was playing under me at Kilmarnock, whether it was in behind the striker or out wide, where I played him a few times.

“I don’t think he likes playing there, even though he did well there on Wednesday night.

“But he’s always been somebody with ability, he’s a good young player, and it was disappointing to lose him at the time when he left Kilmarnock.

“You can see he’s another one who’s going to have a bright future.

“He’s a good player but young players need to keep improving and working hard.

“I’m sure he’s at a good club where they can push him to get the maximum out of him. I’m sure he’ll do well.”

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