We take a look at five transfer window dealings that will have a positive and negative effect on Hearts:
• Dutch of attacking class
Genero Zeefuik’s loan move from FC Groningen reinforced an attack which was hit by injuries to Osman Sow and Soufian El Hassnaoui. The Dutchman made an instant impact with two goals on his debut against Dumbarton and one against Falkirk on his home debut.
• New man in the middle
Kenny Anderson’s arrival from RKC Waalwijk looks like another potentially shrewd move by Hearts. The Dutch-Scottish midfielder is only 22 and signed an 18-month contract at Tynecastle. Could develop into a useful attack-minded player. Coaching staff at Riccarton believe they can improve him over time.
• Cutting the Jase
Jason Holt’s departure on loan to Sheffield United was a source of disappointment for some supporters. The midfielder grew up supporting Hearts and was a highly-rated graduate of the Riccarton youth academy. However, he did not play regularly this season and was desperate for more game time, hence the move south.
• Gers’ Geordie influx
Rangers’ deadline day loan signings from Newcastle United - Shane Ferguson, Haris Vuckic, Kevin Mbabu, Remie Streete and Gael Bigirimana - bring an unknown element to the Ibrox squad for the rest of the season. The freshness could help revive their title challenge, although they will find it difficult to make up 16 points to catch Hearts.
• Key men stay
Most vitally for the Edinburgh club, all of their key players stayed. The Callum Patersons, Danny Wilsons, Alim Ozturks, Osman Sows and James Keatings were not the subject of big cash offers, much to head coach Robbie Neilson’s relief. The spine of the team stays intact for the title assault.