The signing of former Aberdeen and Celtic winger Gary Mackay-Steven has given Hearts a boost according to manager Robbie Neilson.

Mackay-Steven is a well-known figure in Scottish football, having starred at Dundee United before spells at Celtic then Aberdeen. Once his Dons stint came to an end, he headed to America with MLS side New York City.

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The winger has signed with Hearts on a long-term deal. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)

He has now signed a two-and-a-half year deal at Tynecastle as the 30-year-old looks set to play a key part for the Jambos in upcoming seasons. Some of these campaigns they hope will see them play Premiership football.

With stars like Michael Smith, Liam Boyce, Craig Gordon, Craig Halkett, Andy Halliday, Josh Ginnelly and many more in their ranks, they already have a Premiership-proven squad. But first they must exit the Championship, returning to action this Saturday when they travel to Alloa Athletic.

Neilson says that the signing of the former Arabs, Celtic and Dons star has given Gorgie a ‘lift’: “I think it’s important that we build a team that excites people when they come to Tynecastle.

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Neilson has hailed the signing of the former Aberdeen and Celtic trickster as he pens a lengthy contract deal . (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“That’s what we are trying to do in this window. Gary coming in has given us that lift. If we can get another one in, it will help again. We have good players already, but we are still looking to add more.

“We want to win this league and build a platform for seasons ahead.”

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