First Team

GMS: Joining Hearts was no-brainer

9th January 2021

Gary Mackay-Steven says it was a “no-brainer” to join Hearts after being sold on the club’s vision by Robbie Neilson.

The winger penned a two-and-a-half year deal with the Jambos after his contract at MLS side New York City expired.

No stranger to Scottish football, the former Aberdeen, Celtic and Dundee United man – who bagged four major honours during his spell in Glasgow – wasn’t short of offers following his decision to return to the UK.

However, it only took a conversation with the manager for GMS to realise his future lay in Gorgie, and the twice-capped Scotland winger had no qualms about making Tynecastle Park his new home.

Speaking to Hearts TV, Gary said: “I’m absolutely delighted. It’s a great feeling, seeing the stadium and knowing that I’m a Hearts player. I just can’t wait to get going.

“I’m just happy to be home, back in Scotland, first and foremost. It was really a no-brainer once I heard from the manager and seeing his plan and vision for the club, and knowing myself how big a club it is. I just couldn’t wait to be here, really.

“There were some offers but I’d kind of known the manager, I’d played with him briefly, and I’d been watching from afar. He’s done a great job everywhere he’s been. I spoke to him and he showed his plan for Hearts.

“I knew from playing here what the supporters are like, what the stadium is like and its an amazing place. You want to be part of that. To have that opportunity now, it just feels right. It’s a bit of everything but I’m certainly excited.”

Gary’s interview is available to watch in full on Hearts TV by clicking here, or on Twitter by clicking here.