HEARTS have signed Northern Ireland striker Liam Boyce from Burton Albion on a three-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

The prolific hitman’s arrival follows the the loan swoop for Barnsley defender Toby Sibbick 24 hours earlier.

The Jambos new boys are standing by to make their debuts against Rangers at Tynecastle this afternoon.

The 28-year-old attacker scored 14 goals for the English One side this season.

Boyce, speaking to the Scottish Sun on Sunday, said: “This is a move that could have happened a couple of times before, but I obviously ended up in England.

“But when the opportunity presented itself again I couldn’t see myself going anywhere else and I’m buzzing to be here.

“I know this is an absolutely massive club, there’s potential here and I think the position they are in is false at the moment.

“I obviously know Michael Smith and Conor Washington well from the Northern Ireland set-up, they’ve been texting me before it even happened, they’re great lads and I’m looking forward to getting started now.

“Having met the manager I’ve got a good idea of what he’s like.

“This is a great opportunity and hopefully we can get a couple of wins on board and build something special here.”

Meanwhile, skipper Christophe Berra, who has been axed by boss Daniel Stendel, is interesting Dundee with Dens Park gaffer James McPake keen to add experience to his back-line.

The 34-year-old former Scotland international was stunned to be sent to train with the club’s kids after the winter break, so he accepts he has to move on in this window.

Berra was offered to St Johnstone as a makeweight in the Edinburgh club’s bid for Matty Kennedy, who chose to join Aberdeen instead.



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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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