Hearts are set to beat Rangers to the signing of Livingston centre-back Craig Halkett ahead of the summer window, Football Insider sources understand.
The Tynecastle outfit have been working on a deal to land the defender, 23, and are confident an agreement is now in place ahead of his Livi contract expiring in the summer.
A club source told Football Insider that Rangers have also explored the possibility of re-signing their academy product on a summer free but they are set to step aside as Hearts look to finalise terms.
Halkett has emerged as a target of the SPL’s leading clubs after making such a big impact for Livi since their promotion to the top flight.
He has played every minute of the eighth-placed outfit’s 30 league matches and also weighed in with an impressive five goals.
The 23-year-old came through the ranks at Rangers, but never made the breakthrough into the first-team and was allowed to leave for Livingston in 2016 by then-boss Mark Warburton.
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