Hearts player cull continues with goalkeeper Colin Doyle set to leave Tynecastle

Goalkeeper told he can leave as squad trimming continues

Tuesday, 14th January 2020, 7:48 am
Updated Tuesday, 14th January 2020, 7:49 am
Colin Doyle has been told he is free to leave Hearts as Daniel Stendel continues his squad-trimming exercise

Colin Doyle has been told he is free to leave Hearts as head coach Daniel Stendel continues his cull of players ahead of the second half of the season.

The four-cap Republic of Ireland international, who joined the Jambos from Bradford City in 2018, has made 12 appearances in maroon including two this season, but is understood to have been told he can look for a new club.

• READ MORE - 'You are scunnered at that point' - Jamie Hamill opens up on missing Hearts' 5-1 Scottish Cup win over HibsThe Daily Record reports that, with Zdenek Zlamal and on-loan Manchester United goalkeeper Joel Pereira, Stendel feels he has too many senior 'keepers in his squad and is happy to continue with the Czech stopper and the Portuguese No.1.

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It was reported yesterday that Pereira was one of three Old Trafford players offered to Sporting CP along with a sizeable cash sum as the Red Devils attempted to do a deal for highly-rated Bruno Fernandes.

Doyle, 34, has been sidelined with a broken ankle since November but is expected to return to full fitness over the next two weeks.

He is likely to be joined by compatriot Jake Mulraney in leaving Tynecastle, with the winger in the midst of agreeing a deal with Major League Soccer (MLS) side Atlanta United.

• READ MORE - Jorg Sievers: Former pupil Samuel Radlinger gives insight into new Hearts assistant's techniquesThe two clubs have agreed a £200,000 fee for the 23-year-old, but Mulraney is understood to have rejected the Five Stripes' initial offer and is waiting for the club to return with improved personal terms.

The former Inverness Caledonian Thistle wideman has been training with the reserves along with forward Craig Wighton, who has also been told he is free to find a new club.

Dundee have been linked with a move for their former player with Dens Park boss James McPake refusing to rule out a January bid.

Veteran midfielder Glenn Whelan has also left the club after agreeing to terminate his contract while captain Christophe Berra has also been told he is surplus to requirements.