Barrie McKay had serious interest in his services following his exit from English Championship club Swansea City – and Hearts sporting director Joe Savage says the Scottish Premiership fought it all off to sign him.

McKay has returned north after his spell at Swansea City ended in the summer. He has been a free agent since and Edinburgh rivals Hibs were interested in the former Rangers winger. But McKay is now in line to make his debut in Sunday’s Edinburgh derby after agreeing a two-year deal with manager Robbie Neilson’s Tynecastle team.

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McKay has signed for Hearts after leaving English Championship Swansea City earlier this summer, signing until 2023 with the Jambos. (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)

Savage is pleased with the transfer and said of McKay: “We beat off interest from near, in fact very near, and afar to get Barrie’s signature and we are 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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