James Keatings set to join Gomis at Hearts

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Morgaro Gomis became Hearts’ first post-administration signing yesterday – with James Keatings set to follow.

The former Dundee United midfielder signed a three-year contract after the Tynecastle club emerged from administration on Wednesday. Keatings has verbally agreed to join him and should be confirmed within the next few days.

Robbie Neilson made the 28-year-old Gomis his first signing since being appointed head coach and Hearts officials are now close to finalising Keatings’ contract.

Speaking about Gomis, Neilson told his club’s website: “He’s got a lot of experience and is a good player. He’s got a great attitude and a great work-rate. His mentality, for coming in and doing things properly, is what we need from the older players. They need to set an example, and he certainly does that.

“I took the Under-20s against Dundee United in January and Morgaro was playing. He was fantastic. It was a cold Tuesday night, it was bucketing down and blowing a gale, but he worked really hard and helped the United youngsters. For me, that sold me on him. If he’s willing to do that there then he’s willing to do it for us. It’s another good character coming in.”

Hearts have confirmed a friendly with Scottish Cup winners St Johnstone on Sunday, August 3. The game at McDiarmid Park is to mark Steven Anderson’s testimonial and is added to Hearts’ other friendlies at Hamilton (July 9), East Fife (July 12) and Dundee (July 22).

“We were delighted to be asked to play in the testimonial for Steven,” said Neilson. “He’s a great professional and all credit to him for staying with St Johnstone for so long. He always gives 100 per cent as a player and did tremendously well in his partnership with Frazer Wright over the years, enjoying European football and a Scottish Cup win.

“This honour is thoroughly deserved. It will be an ideal match for us the week before the Championship season begins and hopefully a good crowd turns out to support 
Steven.”