Hearts boss Robbie Neilson has disclosed that he is set to have talks with on-loan goalkeeper Ross Stewart about signing the player on a permanent contract.

The 25-year-old is currently at Tynecastle on loan from Livingston. But his contract at the Tony Macaroni Arena expires at the end of the season.

As a result of that, Neilson plans to have discussions with the goalkeeper about bringing him to Tynecastle permanently.

“It’s something we are going to discuss with him” he said (Edinburgh Evening News).

“A great boy to have about”

“He is a great boy to have about. A good character who has done really well as the back-up keeper. He gets on well with the rest of the boys.

Hearts boss Robbie Neilson

Hearts boss Robbie Neilson is keen to sign Ross Stewart permanently (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“He is good with Craig (Gordon), good with our goalie coach Paul Gallacher and good with young Harry Stone as well. I’ve been pleased with what he has brought to the club” Neilson disclosed.

The importance of having a good number two goalkeeper at a club can’t be underestimated. That will be why Neilson seems so keen to bring Stewart to the club on a permanent basis.

Started two games this season

Stewart has played twice for Hearts this season, in two Betfred Cup group stage ties. However, he has been on the bench as Craig Gordon’s understudy in every league game this season.

Hearts goalkeeper Craig Gordon

Stewart is the back-up to Hearts goalkeeper Craig Gordon (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

That shows that Neilson values the player as number two goalkeeper, and why Hearts are eager to get a deal done. Perhaps once Hearts are confirmed as Championship winners, the 25-year-old could get a first league start of the season.

Until then though, Stewart will continue as Hearts’ back-up goalkeeper. A situation his manager seems pleased about.

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