Hearts set to complete Ben Woodburn loan signing from Liverpool

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Robbie Neilson has revealed Hearts are set to complete signing on loan from Ben Woodburn from Liverpool within the next 24 hours.

Neilson provided an update on the club’s pursuit of the Welsh international after seeing his side play a convincing 1-1 draw against Aberdeen on Sunday afternoon.

Liam Boyce gave the home side the advantage in the second half from the penalty spot before Funso Ojo, scoring his first for the club, equalized with a strike from close range.

A draw was a fair result in a fierce game in front of more than 17,000 fans in a noisy Tynecastle, by far the largest crowd since the start of the pandemic.

Neilson said: “We expect him tonight or tomorrow morning.

“It was authorized by Liverpool. It’s just a matter of getting it up and getting it ready.

“I’m delighted. I would like it to be a permanent, but it’s not one we can get, so it will be a loan.

“Today, when you look at us, we’re pretty light in terms of the team. We have young people who need to be loaned to develop. “

During the match, Neilson, who played down a heated full-time row with Aberdeen captain Scotland Scott Brown, said: “I thought the first half played us really well.

“I thought that we were sometimes exceptional and that we pushed very high, dominated the match.

“In the second half I thought Aberdeen were the better team. So it was a game of two halves.

“The fans behind us gave us that boost at the start, but we had to continue like this throughout the game. “

Aberdeen manager Stephen Glass was delighted with the candidacy his side showed after a tiring midweek Europa Conference League game in Qarabag, Azerbaijan.

Glass said: “I am delighted. They were very happy with Thursday night’s game. I think you saw in the second half the energy levels they give out.

“I had no doubts, but I thought the quality and energy levels today were brilliant.”

However, Glass hinted that partisan home support helped influence the mind of referee Bobby Madden by awarding the penalty following a tie-up between Declan Gallagher and Gary Mackay-Steven.

Glass added, “I haven’t seen it on video yet, but there’s a great atmosphere there and I feel like that was the type of penalty that was going to be imposed today.

“I won’t say what ending, but that sounds like the type of penalty that was going to be given.”


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