Celtic to sign Hartley from Hearts

Celtic have struck a deal to sign Paul Hartley from Hearts.

Celtic have struck a deal to sign Paul Hartley from Hearts.

The midfielder, 30, will join the Scottish champions this evening, providing he comes through a medical satisfactorily.

The deal is reportedly worth just over £1million to Hearts.

Scotland international Hartley was also a target of Old Firm rivals Rangers.

However, Celtic will finally secure the services of a player they missed out on this time last year.

Hartley – who signed a new contract with Hearts last year – was missing from the squad for Saturday’s Bank of Scotland Premier League game against Rangers.

Head coach Valdas Ivanauskas revealed afterwards Hartley was omitted for “football business” reasons, having already confirmed he was one of five players for sale just 24 hours before the trip to Ibrox.

Hartley will become Celtic’s fourth capture of the transfer window.

They registered former Hearts captain Steven Pressley at the start of the month, following his release from the Tynecastle club in December.

Inverness Caledonian Thistle goalkeeper Mark Brown followed as back-up to Artur Boruc, before Jean-Joel Perrier-Doumbe arrived on a six-month loan deal from Rennes.

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