Hearts winger Barrie McKay says a ‘hostile’ atmosphere at Tynecastle is part of the reason why he’s swapped Swansea City for the Scottish Premiership.

McKay left Swansea City at the end of last season and the skillful winger has penned a two-year deal with Robbie Neilson’s side ahead of the Edinburgh derby against Hibs. McKay played at Tynecastle for Rangers earlier in his career and knows what to expect.

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McKay has signed for Hearts after leaving Swansea City. (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)

He said: “My memories of playing at Tynecastle are that it’s hostile. I think if you asked most players the one stadium they loved playing at but didn’t like playing at at the same time, they’d say Tynecastle.

“The fans are right on top of you and if you’re on the opposition team they’re right against you and it can be tough, especially if Hearts get a goal. When the Hearts fans get up behind their team, it’s hard for the opposition to play against.


“As a visiting player, you try and build some momentum but the fans here don’t really let you do that because as soon as Hearts get the ball back, the fans are right up again and it can kill your momentum.

“You can see that they really push the team on. I’ll thrive on that because I’m a player that wants to get fans off their seat. I want to excite them and hopefully I can do that.”

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