First team

Scott Fraser joins on loan

31 January 2024

Heart of Midlothian have completed the loan signing of Scott Fraser from Charlton Athletic.


The attacking midfielder joins the Jambos from the English League One side until the end of the season, subject to SFA approval.


28-year-old Scott has a wealth of experience from playing on both sides of the border. A product of Dundee United’s youth system, he made his professional debut for the Tannadice side in May 2014.


Following a loan spell at Airdrieonians, he would go on to feature 106 times for Dundee United, scoring 15 goals, before moving south to Burton Albion in 2018, where he would link up with future Hearts teammate Liam Boyce.


After 16 goals and 19 assists in 91 appearances for Burton, Scott made the move to MK Dons where he continued his excellent form in the final third, bagging 14 goals and providing eight assists.


A six-month spell at Ipswich Town followed before a transfer to Charlton in January 2021. With ten goals and 11 assists under his belt for the Addicks, Scott will now pull on the maroon jersey for the remainder of the campaign as the Jam Tarts look to build on an impressive run of form.


Speaking to the Official Hearts Website, Head Coach Steven Naismith said: “I’m pleased that we’ve been able to get the deal done and welcome Scott into the squad.


“He’s a great character, has got bags of experience and knows Scottish football well so he should settle in quickly.


“He’ll bring an aggressiveness to our attack in that he always wants to get forward. He’s consistently scored goals and provided lots of assists, both in Scotland and England, and the hope is that he’ll be able to do the same for Hearts as we look to continue our good run of form.”


Sporting Director Joe Savage said: “It’s obviously no secret that we’ve been trying to bring Scott in for a while and sometimes these things take time, but we’re delighted to get it done and I have to give a big thanks to Will Thornton and Omni Sports for all of their help.


“Scott’s had to be patient but now he can be fully involved with the first team and get the chance to show our fans what he is capable of on the pitch.


“I’m also really pleased that we’ve been able to support the manager in identifying the positions we need to strengthen and then being able to deliver his targets.


“We’re in a good place and everyone is looking forward to continuing the positivity into the latter part of the season.”