Hearts sign Hollis after injury to Gallacher

Lee Hollis could make his Hearts debut in the derby. Pic: SNS
Lee Hollis could make his Hearts debut in the derby. Pic: SNS
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Hearts have signed former Motherwell and Airdrie goalkeeper Lee Hollis as goalkeeping cover after both Neil Alexander and Scott Gallacher suffered injuries.

Alexander fractured a cheekbone at Ibrox last Sunday and Gallacher twisted an ankle during training at Tynecastle today. Hollis arrives on a short-term contract until January but could be propelled straight into Sunday’s Edinburgh derby with Hibs at Tynecastle.

Gallacher’s injury leaves him doubtful for the game and, if he fails to declare himself fit, 28-year-old Hollis will be granted a Hearts debut in the most intense of fixtures. Alexander was ruled out for up to a month earlier this week.

The only other goalkeeper available to play against Hibs is 20-year-old Jack Hamilton. He has been recalled from a loan spell at Stenhousemuir but lacks first-team experience.

Robbie Neilson, the club’s head coach, explained why he made Hollis the third goalkeeper to join Hearts this summer after Alexander and Gallacher. “I said earlier in the week that we would be looking at the situation after Neil’s injury,” he told the club website.

“Lee’s an experienced goalkeeper and has spent the last few seasons with Motherwell and has played in Europe for them.”