Livingston manager Gary Holt has admitted that Craig Halkett’s impending move to Hearts is a “great step” in the defender’s career.
The former Rangers kid will move to Tynecastle this summer after making a name for himself with Livi and Holt called the move a “happy ending” for the 23-year-old.
After several years making his way through the leagues with Livi, Holt insists there’s no bitterness towards Halkett for “wanting out.”
“It’s the right time for Craig and it’s a great step in his career,” Holt told BBC Scotland.
“You’re allowed a happy ending in football – it doesn’t have to be bitter or that someone wants out.
“We spoke to him a couple of months ago when it was all going about and we advised that it would be a good career move for him.”
Halkett signed a three-year deal with Hearts and helped Livi secure their Premiership status for next season with a 2-0 win over Hamilton last night.
During his time at the Tony Macaroni Arena, Halkett has made over 1oo appearances and was appointed skipper in 2017.
The defender’s form for Livi this season has led to calls for him to be drafted into Alex McLeish’s Scotland squad and a move to Tynecastle could boost his international prospects.