By Tom Blackburn

Arnaud Djoum has signed a two-year extension to his Hearts contract, keeping him at Tynecastle until May 2019.

The announcement on Friday comes just two days before the Scottish Premiership side face Celtic in their first game of the new league season.

Hearts announced the contract extension for the Belgian midfielder via their official Twitter account and on their website.

The 27-year-old moved to Tynecastle in September last year, scoring seven goals in 36 appearances as Hearts finished third in the Premiership.

“Arnaud has been immense for us since joining last season,” head coach Robbie Neilson told the Hearts website.

“We were lucky to get him in the first place, to be honest. He’s a real talent with great technique and vision.”

Djoum, who was born in Cameroon but has represented Belgium at Under-19 and Under-20 level, has previously had spells at FC Brussels, Anderlecht, Roda JC, Akhisar Belediyespor and Lech Poznan.

Celtic face Hearts aiming for a sixth title in a row, but face fresh competition as Rangers return to the top flight after a four year absence.

Both sides have improved their squads this summer after Rangers ended their absence from the top-flight when they won the Scottish Championship last year.

Celtic won the Premiership last season by 15 points from Aberdeen, but were defeated by Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi-final as their Old Firm rivals went on to win the cup.

Rangers have heavily bolstered their squad this summer by signing former Premier League stars Joey Barton, Clint Hill and Nico Krancjar.

Meanwhile, Celtic have landed the marquee signing of Moussa Dembele who had attracted attention from the Premier League.

In other Celtic news, they will face league winners and Olympiacos conquerors in their Champions League play-off.