Bozanic stunner helps Hearts extend Scottish Premiership lead

Oliver Bozanic curls home a free-kick to put Hearts ahead Source: Getty Images

Socceroos midfielder Oliver Bozanic scored as Heart of Midlothian built a six-point buffer atop the Scottish Premiership with a 3-0 victory over Dundee to mar Jim McIntyre's first home match.

The visitors had the game sewn up inside 14 minutes thanks to goals from Bozanic and Steven Naismith before Steven MacLean added a third, 20 seconds into the second half.

Calvin Miller's penalty miss summed up Dundee's night - the on-loan Celtic left-back drove his effort several yards wide with the goalkeeper diving the wrong way.

McIntyre had seen his side concede four goals from set-pieces in his first match and another was to follow inside two minutes when Lewis Spence fouled Harry Cochrane 25 yards out.

Bozanic was a picture of concentration as he lined up his shot and the former Melbourne Victory and Central Coast Mariners midfielder duly curled the ball over the wall and into the bottom corner past former Hearts goalkeeper Jack Hamilton.

Bozanic's team-mate Ben Garuccio came off the bench with 17 minutes remaining for Hearts, while fellow Aussie Jesse Curran played a full game for Dundee.

Hamilton was among four players drafted in by McIntyre, along with Darren O'Dea, Jesse Curran and Elton Ngwatala, but there was no sign of improvement from last weekend's 4-0 defeat at Livingston.

Champions Celtic are second on goal difference while Kilmarnock also have 19 points from nine matches - both clubs have played one game less than Hearts.

Source: AAP