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McKAY POISED FOR DERBY DEBUT

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FORMER Rangers winger Barrie McKay could make a quickfire home debut for Hearts against Hibs on Sunday.

The Tynecastle side beat off their Edinburgh rivals for the 26-year-old forward who was available as a free agent and has now agreed a two-year contract.

McKay, who was signed by ex-Ibrox boss Mark Warburton for Nottingham Forest in 2017, spent last season on loan at Fleetwood Town from Swansea.

The player’s arrival bolsters Robbie Neilson’s attacking options as he prepares for the High Noon derby showdown at the weekend.

The Jambos boss said: “I’m delighted that we’ve managed to get Barrie in and signed.

“I’m sure a lot of people will remember his qualities from his previous spell in Scottish football – quick, direct, dynamic and capable of moments of magic.

HAMPDEN HOORAYS…Barrie McKay celebrates a goal against Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final in April 2016 as Rangers team-mate James Tavernier joins in.

“To bring those talents to Hearts, where we now have considerable depth in our attacking options, is a real boost and I’m really looking forward to working with Barrie.”

Sporting director Joe Savage, speaking to Sky Sports News, added: “We beat off interest from near, in fact very near, and afar to get Barrie’s signature and we’re very happy to have done so.

“Barrie is an exciting player and one I am sure will light up Tynecastle when he takes to the pitch.

“This window has been testament to the strength of our recruitment department and once again I must thank everyone who was involved.

“We have, in our opinion, built up a squad capable of challenging at the top end of the table and I hope that we continue our good start in the weeks to come.”

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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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