Hearts manager Robbie Neilson says that Andy Halliday will bring ‘experience and quality’ to Tynecastle after swapping Rangers for maroon.
The versatile midfielder, who primarily played left-back last season, has joined the Jambos after a lengthy spell at boyhood club Rangers. He signs a two-year deal with the Championship club.
Returning to the Premiership will be the main aim for Neilson and his side this term. Adding the know-how of Halliday from Rangers will be a big boost for the Tynecastle club, with stars like Peter Haring returning from injury and Craig Gordon making a Gorgie comeback after his Celtic spell.
Their campaign kicks off on October 6 when they face Inverness in the opening match of the League Cup group stage. It’s a match Halliday could be involved in although he is a few weeks behind his new teammates in pre-season preparations.
Neilson says he is delighted with the capture, pinpointing the key traits the 28-year-old has: “I’m really pleased to be able to bring in someone of Andy’s experience and quality.
“He’s played top level football in Scotland and in the English Championship and was a mainstay at Rangers for years. He’s also got experience of the Scottish Championship so he knows what this level is about and, more importantly, how to win.
“Andy’s really driven and determined and I want that on the park. I think he’ll do well for us and I’m looking forward to working with him.”