Hearts midfielder Robinson wanted by Kilmarnock

Gary Locke, below, is keen to take Scott Robinson from Hearts to Kilmarnock

Gary Locke, below, is keen to take Scott Robinson from Hearts to Kilmarnock

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Kilmarnock are interested in signing the Hearts midfielder Scott Robinson at the end of the season.

Gary Locke agreed a three-year contract last week to become the permanent manager at Rugby Park and is keen to sign Robinson, along with Rangers striker Kris Boyd.

Robinson played under Locke at Tynecastle last season and could now rejoin his former manager in Ayrshire. The 23-year-old is surplus to requirements at Tynecastle and is out of contact in a matter of weeks. He has made only eight first-team appearances this season, the last being as a substitute against Hibs at the start of January. Kilmarnock hope to tie him up as one of the first components of Locke’s rebuilding plan.

Having been in temporary charge since manager Alan Johnston resigned, Locke was given the job permanently on Friday. He will now press ahead with an attempt to bring Boyd back for a third spell at Kilmarnock, whilst Robinson’s addition in midfield is also regarded as a priority.

Robinson was fast-tracked through the Riccarton youth academy to make his senior debut for Hearts at the age of 16 in 2008. He played regularly under a succession of managers but this season has found himself behind the experienced Morgaro Gomis, Prince Buaben and Miguel Pallardo in the queue for midfield places. A move to Kilmarnock would offer a chance to restart his career in the Scottish Premiership next year.

Following his appointment, Locke outlined some of his plans and stressed the need for Kilmarnock to produce their own players in the future. “Now things have been confirmed I will be looking to put