Hearts to hold talks with Neil Alexander

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Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson was today due to hold talks with the former Rangers and Crystal Palace goalkeeper Neil Alexander.

The Tynecastle club are interested in bringing the 36-year-old back to his native Edinburgh to be their second choice keeper and goalkeeping coach. However, Alexander is eager to join a team where he will be No. 1 after leaving Palace at the end of the season.

Craig Levein, Hearts’ director of football, made contact with Alexander earlier this week to discuss his situation. Neilson was expected to follow that up today with a call of his own to assess whether Alexander would be interested in being No. 2 and goalkeeping coach.

Hearts are seeking a first choice goalkeeper after releasing Jamie MacDonald earlier this month. They also want a more experienced second choice who can also perform a coaching role and help develop 20-year-old third choice Jack Hamilton.

Alexander, who made only one competitive appearance last year, began his career with Stenhousemuir and enjoyed successful spells with Livingston, Cardiff City, Ipswich Town and Rangers. He is now available as a free agent and is understood to be keen on the idea of returning to Scotland.