Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson hails Callum Paterson for ‘phenomenal’ goals record



HEARTS head coach Robbie Neilson has hailed Callum Paterson’s ‘phenomenal’ strike rate after the defender netted at the weekend for the fifth time this season.

The Scotland full-back helped the Jambos on their way to a 2-0 win over luckless Dundee with a thumping header in the 68th minute of the Tynecastle clash.

The 22-year-old is now the Gorgie side’s top scorer with five goals from just 14 appearances.

Callum Paterson

And Neilson insists the youngster poses a real danger for opposition defences every time he ventures forward from his right-back berth.

However, he insists the fledgling internationalist is not the only threat Hearts have when they take the aerial route to goal.

He said: “Callum’s goal-scoring record for a full-back is phenomenal, it is. He gives you that aerial athleticism and dominance.

“If you put a ball into the box him, Igor [Rossi], John Souttar or Conor Sammon are all fantastic in the air.

“And when you get a good delivery, like we did from Robbie [Muirhead], and you put it into a good area like that, then there’s a good chance they’re going to score.”


Meanwhile, Paterson has set himself the target of a dozen goals for the season as he bids to beat his best-ever record.

The versatile right-back played as a striker in season 2013-14 but is aiming to surpass his total from that campaign

He said: “My best tally for a season is 11 goals when I was playing up front.

“I’m at five now and we’re not even half-way through the season yet, so that’s my target.

“I’m definitely planning on beating that.”