STEPHEN GLASS has made his first big decision with the Aberdeen squad – by sanctioning Shay Logan’s exit.
Fringe right-back Logan’s deal is up in the summer and new boss Glass is happy for him to head to Championship title winners elect Hearts on loan for the rest of the season.
Shay Logan is set to depart Aberdeen and hook up with Hearts on loan until the summer[/caption]
Jambos boss Robbie Neilson has moved for defensive cover as they home in on a return to the top flight, potentially clinching promotion at the weekend.
Logan has managed just 12 appearances for the Dons this season – and his departure will free up decent wages to help Glass rebuild a Pittodrie squad that has up to 13 players out of contract.
The clubs have confirmed the move this evening.
Logan told the Hearts website: “It was something that was brought to me quite quickly and I was more than happy to come. I can get game time and give Hearts a solid right back.
“For me, I just want to get back playing again. It’s been a frustrating year and I’m really looking forward to it.
“I want to help the club get the league wrapped up and show people what I can do. When I play for a football team, be it Aberdeen, Manchester City, Brentford or Hearts, fans will know that I always give 110%.
“I’m fit and raring to go. It’s been a frustrating season so this is a great opportunity for myself and I’m raring to go.”
Glass said: “Shay has been an integral part of the club for a number of years, but his game time has been limited this season.
“Having had further discussions with Paul, and with Shay being out of contract at the end of this season, we believe this loan spell at Hearts will offer him the opportunity to get some much-needed minutes on the pitch, something Shay was really keen to do.”
Hearts boss Robbie Neilson is on the lookout for defensive cover[/caption]
The 33-year-old has proved a top free transfer over his seven years as a Don after leaving Brentford.
Logan played 289 games and his most memorable was helping the club win a first major trophy in 19-years, the 2014 League Cup.
Left-back Stephen Kingsley was injured for both games while first choice right-back Michael Smith was unavailable due to his international commitments with Northern Ireland.
The SPFL extended the loan window for clubs below the Premiership from the end of February to the end of March to offer sides in Leagues One and Two a helping hand to get their campaigns back underway.
Christophe Berra is out of contract at Hearts in the summer and will leave the club[/caption]
Neilson, meanwhile, has also told veteran stalwart Christophe Berra his Tynecastle playing days are over.
Ex-Wolves, Ipswich Town and Scotland stopper Berra’s had two spells with his first club.
The 36-year-old’s contract’s up in the summer and Neilson said: “You don’t play more than 250 first team games without being a top player.
“And there will be an opportunity for him to add to that number before this season is out.
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“I’ve been fortunate enough to play alongside Christophe as well as manage him and he has been a great servant to this club.
“He’ll remain focused and continue to give his all as we look to get the Championship title clinched.
“Then we can look back and appreciate all that he has done for this club.”