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Boss delighted as Hearts send Bobby Burns on Scottish Premiership loan while club signs Manchester United full-back



Bobby Burns signed for Hearts earlier this summer.

Bobby Burns signed for Hearts earlier this summer.

Bobby Burns signed for Hearts earlier this summer.

Northern Ireland U21 international Bobby Burns has been sent on loan to another Scottish Premiership side by parent club Hearts.

The former Glenavon star has now joined Livingston in search of regular playing time. Burns has moved in time to face Hearts' Edinburgh rivals Hibernian at the Almondvale Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Burns can still play for Hearts' reserve side if he is not playing regularly for Livingston's senior side. The loan will be reviewed in January.

Former Scotland midfielder Gary Holt took over as Livingston manager last week following Kenny Miller's departure.

"Davie (Martindale) and I got the chance to bring Bobby in and felt we had to take the opportunity," said Holt.

"Bobby can play in a few positions. He has a great intensity and work rate to his game, which suits our philosophy down to a tee. He brings us further options and depth and I’m delighted to bring him on board.”

Burns signed for Hearts on a three-year deal this summer and impressed during pre-season, providing three assists in his first four friendly matches for the Jam Tarts.

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The 18-year-old started two League Cup matches and came on as a substitute against Inverness but has played just 19 minutes of the club's opening three Scottish Premiership fixtures.

His chances of regular game-time won't be helped as Hearts have brought Demetri Mitchell back on loan. The 21-year-old Manchester United player spent the second-half of last season at Tynecastle and is now expected to return.

After his pre-season performances for Hearts, coach Jon Daly talked up Burns' prospects.

“He has played at left-back a fair bit before,” Daly told the Evening News. “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 netted five Danske Bank Premiership goals for Glenavon last season and was crowned the fans' Player of the Year. He made his NI U21 debut in March against Iceland and was invited to join the senior side for training.

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