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'Different class' Bobby Burns earning rave reviews during pre-season at Hearts

By Gareth Hanna

Glenavon fans have known it for a year or more and it hasn't taken his new club long to work out that Bobby Burns is 'different class'.

The 18-year-old is enjoying pre-season with the Tynecastle club after making the move from Mourneview Park back in May.

He has been involved in all four of his side's friendly fixtures so far this summer and has even set up three goals - it would have been four but for the pesky linesman's flag against Dumbarton.

Two of those assists came during Saturday's 5-1 demolition of Forfar Athletic, with Burns playing all 90 minutes and earning special praise from coach Jon Daly.

Burns, as Irish League fans will know, is tremendously versatile, coming through first as a left-back before playing most of his football in attacking midfield or even up front for the Lurgan Blues.

It was at left-wing-back that Burns made such an impression on Saturday, to the apparent surprise of some onlookers who know he was signed primarily as a midfielder.

“He has played at left-back a fair bit before,” Daly told the Evening News. “We utilised him at left wing-back and I thought he was different class. He is very comfortable in midfield or out on the left. It’s obviously a good thing for him that the manager can play him in two positions."

On sealing his move earlier this summer, Burns said his first priority was to nail down a spot in the first-team. He's certainly not doing himself any harm during pre-season.

Hearts' first competitive game of the season is on Wednesday evening (July 18) away to Cove Rangers as the group stage begins in the Betfred Cup. The Premiership kicks off with the Edinburgh side away to Hamilton on Saturday, August 4.

Burns made his Northern Ireland U21 debut back in March and was even invited to join training with Michael O'Neill's senior side.

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