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Bobby Burns recalled to Hearts following Livingston loan spell

Former Glenavon star Bobby Burns has been recalled to return to Hearts from his loan spell at Livingston.

The 18-year-old returns to his parent club in time to depart for their mid-season training trip to southern Spain tomorrow. Burns could return to action for the club, ironically, against Livingston in the league on Saturday, January 20. The Edinburgh club are fifth in the table but just six points off the top of the table.

Burns was signed by the Jam Tarts in the summer and, after impressing in pre-season, was sent out to gain first-team football.

The Crumlin teenager went on to play eight Premiership games for the Lions, even earning a call-up to the Northern Ireland senior squad for the friendly against the Republic of Ireland and UEFA Nations League clash with Austria in November.

He had earned rave reviews with his pre-season performances for Hearts, setting up three goals in his first four friendly appearances.

Burns, as Irish League fans will know, is tremendously versatile, coming through first as a left-back before playing most of his football in attacking midfield or even up front for the Lurgan Blues.

It was at left-wing-back that Burns made the biggest impression, assisting two goals in a 5-1 demolition of Forfar Athletic and earning special praise from coach Jon Daly.

“He has played at left-back a fair bit before,” Daly told the Evening News back in July. “We utilised him at left wing-back and I thought he was different class. He is very comfortable in midfield or out on the left. It’s obviously a good thing for him that the manager can play him in two positions."

Burns made four competitive appearances for Hearts before venturing out on loan, one in the Scottish Premiership.

Australian Ryan Edwards has also been recalled by Hearts manager Craig Levein.

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