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BERRA OUT, LOGAN IN

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CHRISTOPHE BERRA will leave Hearts at the end of the season while Aberdeen defender Shay Logan has agreed a short-term deal with the Tynecastle club.

The 36-year-old former club captain will be on his way from the Edinburgh outfit when his contract expires in June.

Berra held discussions with boss Robbie Neilson and a decision was reached for a parting of the ways. The 41 times-capped Scotland international defender spent 11 years across two spells at Hearts while making 250 appearances.

The under-pressure gaffer, speaking on the club website, said: “I’ve been fortunate enough to play alongside Christophe as well as manage him and he has been a great servant to this club.

“You don’t play more than 250 first-team games without being a top player and there will be an opportunity for him to add to that number before this season is out.

 

“He’ll remain focused and continue to give his all as we look to get the Championship title clinched, then we can look back and appreciate all that he has done for this club.”

Berra returned to Edinburgh in 2017 after spells at Wolves and Ipswich Town. He made an immediate impact when he claimed the 2017/18 Players’ Player and Fans’ Player of the Year Awards. And the centre-back was also named in the PFA Team of the Year at the end of that same season.

Arriving at the club who were dumped out of the Scottish Cup by Highland League part-timers Brora Rangers last week, is Dons right-back Logan.

The 33-year-old is out of contract at Pittodrie in the summer and new gaffer Stephen Glass has allowed the player to leave in search of more game time.

Logan told the Hearts website “It was something that was brought to me quite quickly and I was more than happy to come. I can get game time and give Hearts a solid right-back.

“For me, I just want to get back playing again. It’s been a frustrating year and I’m really looking forward to it.

“I want to help the club get the league wrapped up and show people what I can do.”

Logan has made 294 appearances for the Pittodrie club since originally arriving on loan from Brentford in January 2014.

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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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