'We fought off many other clubs to get Steven MacLean' - Raith Rovers seal loan deal for Hearts striker

Forward can boost Rovers' promotion bid from League One

Thursday, 30th January 2020, 3:10 pm
Updated Thursday, 30th January 2020, 6:17 pm
Steven MacLean has completed a loan move to Raith Rovers

Raith Rovers have completed the loan signing of Hearts striker Steven MacLean on a deal until the end of the season.

The Kirkcaldy club are top of League One and see 37-year-old MacLean's experience as a useful tool in their quest to reach the Championship come May.

Manager John McGlynn has agreed a loan deal with former club Hearts, and the forward is keen to move to play regular first-team football.

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He has dropped out of the first team at Tynecastle Park in recent weeks and manager Daniel Stendel has agreed to let him head to Kirkcaldy.

MacLean joined Hearts from St Johnstone in 2018 on a two-year contract which will expire at the end of this season. He has managed 17 appearances this season, scoring twice.

Speaking after the move was confirmed, McGlynn said he was "absolutely delighted" to get the deal over the line, adding: "He is a SPFL Premiership player and we have fought off many other clubs from leagues above to get him.

"He is enthusiastic about the challenge and is very much up for it – his experience will help our young players both on and off the park in the run – in to the end of the season.

"Everyone I have spoken to about Steven has mentioned he is a top professional; his intelligence as a striker will get him in good positions to create goal scoring opportunities both for himself and others and I’m sure he will fit in to our style of play.”