Hearts have completed the signing of Northern Ireland international Liam Boyce just in time for the visit of Rangers.
The 28-year-old has penned a three-and-a-half-year deal and joins for an undisclosed fee.
🗣"This is a move that could have happened a couple of times before but I obviously ended up in England. When the opportunity presented itself again I couldn't see myself going anywhere else and I'm buzzing to be here."
Your Daniel 🤝 Liam
— Heart of Midlothian FC (@JamTarts) January 25, 2020
Steven Gerrard’s side head to Edinburgh for a 3 pm kick-off tomorrow afternoon and it looks as though the striker will be in the opposition line up.
He tweeted on Saturday afternoon in recognition of his move and eluded to the Gers clash, writing: “Delighted to be a Jambo. Can’t wait for tomorrow.”
— Liam Boyce (@LiamBoyce14) January 25, 2020
There’s little doubt that Boyce is a good signing for Hearts, given his goalscoring pedigree.
He had scored 14 goals in all competitions for Burton Albion this season before his switch and netted 48 Premiership goals for Ross County during a three-year stint there between 2014 and 2017.
The Belfast-born forward is also strong with his back to goal, impressing with his hold up play when deployed up top on his own for Northern Ireland.
The Jambos have been desperately short of goals this season, netting just 18 in 22 league matches, and Boyce’s likely involvement will ensure Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic are kept on their toes.
However, there’s certainly no cause for undue alarm. The opposition are bottom of the table for a reason and man-for-man, the Gers are a much stronger outfit.
Boyce’s goalscoring credentials may be good, but they aren’t a patch on the Englishman’s.