Hearts sign former Rangers midfielder Andy Halliday

Two-year deal as free agent arrives at Tynecastle

Andy Halliday has signed a two-year contract with Hearts. Pic: Heart of Midlothian FC
Andy Halliday has signed a two-year contract with Hearts. Pic: Heart of Midlothian FC

Hearts have completed the signing of former Rangers midfielder Andy Halliday on a two-year contract.

The player passed a medical this afternoon before putting pen to paper on a deal which will keep him at Tynecastle Park until summer 2022.

Halliday, 28, was released by Rangers in May and spent time looking at options in England before deciding to join Hearts.

Manager Robbie Neilson told the club website why he views Halliday as an important signing for the season ahead.

“I’m really pleased to be able to bring in someone of Andy’s experience and quality,” said Neilson.

“He’s played top level football in Scotland and in the English Championship and was a mainstay at Rangers for years.

“He’s also got experience of the Scottish Championship so he knows what this level is about and, more importantly, how to win.

“Andy’s really driven and determined and I want that on the park. I think he’ll do well for us and I’m looking forward to working with him."

Halliday came through the youth academy at Livingston and made 50 senior appearances for the West Lothian club, scoring 17 times.

He then moved south to Middlesbrough before loan spells at Walsall, Blackpool and Bradford City. He moved to Rangers in 2015 and played 152 times for the Glasgow club, scoring 18 goals.

Halliday is the seventh signing made by Neilson since he returned to Tynecastle. Craig Gordon, Ross Stewart, Jordan Roberts, Elliott Frear, Josh Ginnelly and Mihai Popescu have also joined up.

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