Hearts: Robbie Neilson seeks to emulate Dundee

By Brian McLauchlinBBC Scotland
Robbie Neilson oversees Hearts training
Robbie Neilson is eyeing a top six Scottish Premiership finish

Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson says he wants his team to emulate Paul Hartley's Dundee in earning a top-six place in the Premiership after clinching promotion.

The two clubs meet on Saturday after both won their opening games of the season.

"They're a good team," Neilson told BBC Scotland.

"He (Hartley) has got good football players in there, good experience, he's recruited really well over the summer.

"That's what we want to do - get in the top six. If a team like Dundee can do it, we think we can do it as well. That's the aim for us."

New signing Juwon Oshaniwa - a Nigeria international with World Cup experience who is seen as something of a coup for Hearts - is approaching match fitness but is unlikely to start against Dundee.

"He'll be there this weekend; I don't think he's quite ready to play yet, but he'll be there," said Neilson.

"All the players we've brought in this season have taken the level up - Juwon's exactly the same. He's come in and he's a level above what we've got at the moment.

"Until he'd actually signed, I thought it was never going to happen; it's a great signing for us, he's played at a World Cup, his experience, his standing in the game. You always aim high, generally you don't make it that high."

Jordan McGhee scores for Hearts against Arbroath
Jordan McGhee has been the subject of transfer interest from Ipswich

Neilson also reiterated Hearts' stance on the repeated efforts of Ipswich to land teenage defender Jordan McGhee.

"They put an offer in, which we believe is nowhere near what his value is," added the coach. "If he's going to go, it's going to be for a lot of money.

"I don't want to sell him, the club don't want to sell him.

"If somebody comes in with a value I think is acceptable, we'll look at it, but the offer that came in was nowhere near the value of a player of his calibre."