Belfast Telegraph

Hearts are ready to swoop in for Lurgan Blues diamond Burns


By Steven Beacom

Scottish Premiership outfit Hearts are ready to make a move for Glenavon's teenage sensation Bobby Burns.

The 18-year-old has enjoyed a brilliant season for the Mourneview Park outfit with that form earning him a debut for the Northern Ireland Under-21 side last month.

He also trained with Michael O'Neill's senior squad ahead of their 2-1 friendly win over South Korea, impressing both the coaching staff and the players with his attitude and ability.

Watching on was Northern Ireland coach Austin MacPhee, who is the assistant boss at Hearts.

With the quality of midfielder Mark Sykes, Burns and other gifted youngsters at Glenavon, a host of scouts have watched their matches this season.

It is understood, however, that Hearts are planning to steal a march on other potential suitors for Burns by snapping up the versatile player who has shone at left-back, left-wing, midfield and up front for Glenavon this season.

Regarded as one of the brightest talents in the Irish League, Burns was on target for the Lurgan Blues in their 3-2 home defeat to Linfield on Tuesday night.

A head boy at St Malachy's, Burns told the Belfast Telegraph recently that his dream was to follow in the footsteps of players such as Stuart Dallas, Liam Boyce and Paul Smyth who have successfully made the switch from Irish League to full-time football.

Should Burns move to Hearts he would join fellow Northern Ireland stars Kyle Lafferty, Aaron Hughes and Michael Smith at Tynecastle.

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