Robbie Neilson says Hearts need reinforcements to allow younger players to go out on loan – with Ben Woodburn set to arrive from Liverpool.

The Welsh attacking midfielder has penned a loan agreement with the Scottish Premiership club after Liverpool agreed to the deal. Woodburn – who in 2016 became the youngest goalscorer in the English Premier League club’s history – will see his Anfield contract expire this summer.

Liverpool First Team Headshots

Woodburn is a Jambo. (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Hearts drew 1-1 with Aberdeen on Sunday and boss Neilson says his squad need more bodies after Woodburn: “It’s been authorised by Liverpool. It is just a case of getting him up and getting him ready. I am delighted. I would love it to be permanent, but he is not one we can get so it will be a loan. When you look at us, we are quite light squad-wise.

“We have got some of the young ones, like Denholm, Smith, guys like that, who need to go out on loan to develop.  We are keeping them here because we don’t have the numbers for the bench in case we need to make changes. It is hindering their development.

“Once we get three or four in it will give them the opportunity to go and will give us more options from the bench because I felt today the only options we had were Jamie Walker, Aaron McEneff and Euan Henderson to an extent.”

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