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Burns may set Hearts fluttering if he joins forces with Lafferty

By Adam McKendry

Young Glenavon star Bobby Burns is believed to have agreed a deal to join Scottish Premiership side Hearts next season after the Edinburgh side agreed a transfer fee with the Lurgan Blues.

Hearts manager Craig Levein told the Edinburgh Evening News that a deal was in place for the 18-year-old to move to Tynecastle Park for next season, where he’d join Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty.

Burns is a versatile player, who is equally adept at left-back as he is banging goals in at the other end, and was named Glenavon’s Player of the Year as Gary Hamilton’s men finished third in the Danske Bank Premiership.

Experienced Scottish manager Levein was glowing in his praise for the Northern Ireland Under-21 international, whom he sees as fitting in as a depth player on the left side of midfield for Hearts.

“We’ve agreed a deal with Glenavon but it’s not all signed yet,” Levein said.

“Burns is a left-sided midfielder. He has played a number of positions, including left-back, but he is a midfielder.

“I quite like young guys who are playing men’s football early on. That tells you they can compete.

“He has played a lot of games already. I think there is a lot of improvement to come from him because he’s been part-time so far. He was over here for a while two or three months ago and did a bit of training with us.

“I think he’s a good player. He is only 18 but I see him as somebody who will be on the fringes of the first-team squad.

“We will get him in the building, assess him and decide what we think is the right thing for him.”

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