Hearts sign goalkeeper Neil Alexander

Neil Alexander will be player-coach at Hearts
Neil Alexander will be player-coach at Hearts
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Hearts today signed former Rangers and Scotland goalkeeper Neil Alexander.

The 36-year-old – a self-confessed Hearts fan – is believed to have signed a two-year deal and will join as player-coach on July 1 when his contract with Crystal Palace expires. Alexander made one appearance for the Eagles last season, in the Capital One Cup.

Alexander told the Hearts website: “As a boyhood Hearts fan, I am delighted to get the chance to join a club I have supported for many years.

“With the coaching side of it as well, this is a fantastic opportunity for me.

“I’m excited at the challenge ahead, am raring to go and delighted to be back in Scotland.

“At 36, I need to start looking to the future and want to get involved in coaching. The club has given me a great chance to get a foot on the ladder and it’s an opportunity I just couldn’t turn down.

“We have a young squad and if I can help bring on these kids, hopefully it will work well for us all.”

Alexander could make his debut against former club Rangers, whom he left a year ago, with Hearts due to open their Championship campaign at Ibrox on August 9.

“With the fixtures now out, it really gives you an incentive to be involved in the first game,” he said.

“It’s a really exciting start for us and I definitely want to be involved on August 9.”

Alexander joins Hearts after last season’s first-choice goalkeeper, Jamie MacDonald, was released along with back-up Mark Ridgers, who has since joined St Mirren.

Alexander is the fourth new face at Tynecastle this summer, joining James Keatings, Soufian El Hassnaoui and Morgaro Gomis.