On-loan Hearts striker Steven Naismith has admitted that it is “inevitable” that he’ll agree a permanent switch to Tynecastle this summer when his Norwich City contract comes to an end.

The veteran has spent the last 18 months on loan at Tynecastle and has been an integral part of Craig Levein’s side as they secured a top-six finish and Scottish Cup final place.

20th January 2019, Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh, Scotland; Scottish Cup football fourth round, Heart of Midlothian versus Livingston; Liam Kelly of Livingston makes a save from Steven Naismith of Hearts header

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The Jambos boss has been desperate to get a deal done for Naismith and will be relieved to hear his comments as he practically confirmed a deal is done.

“Nothing is signed yet – but it is inevitable I will stay,” Naismith said, speaking at last night’s Player of the Year awards, as quoted by the Evening News.

29th December 2018, Easter Road, Edinburgh, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Hibernian versus Heart of Midlothian; Steven Naismith of Hearts apologies to Darren McGregor of Hibernian for the challenge

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Naismith has had a torrid time with injuries this season but has still been a standout performer for the Jambos.

The former Rangers and Kilmarnock ace has hit the net 16 times but hasn’t kicked a ball in maroon since February after needing to undergo knee surgery.

His injury looks set to also keep him out of the Scottish Cup final but knowing he’ll still be in Gorgie next season will be great news for everyone at Hearts.