Hearts ponder loan move for defender Liam Smith

Liam Smith is currently recovering from an ankle injury
Liam Smith is currently recovering from an ankle injury
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Hearts are considering sending defender Liam Smith out on loan once he recovers from an ankle injury.

Several clubs in Scotland are interested in taking the 21-year-old full-back if he becomes available.

Smith is expected to be fully fit next month and could find himself loaned out to gain more first-team experience.

He made 27 appearances in total for Hearts last season but is likely to find his opportunities limited following the signing of his namesake Michael, a Northern Ireland internationalist.

The Tynecastle head coach Ian Cathro told the Evening News that a loan deal for Smith is in his thoughts before the summer transfer window shuts at the end of August.

“It’s a possibility. Within the next couple of weeks, we need to determine exactly what steps we’re going to take for players who are in a similar situation,” he said.

“We will try to make the correct decisions, firstly for our squad but also for the development of our younger or fringe first-team players.

“Whatever happens with Liam, it will be a collective thing. It will be a decision I can control regarding what’s best for the squad and the development of the player.”