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Hearts are almost certain to be given a timely boost as they prepare for their trip to Yugoslavia for their Cup-winners' Cup-tie with Red Star Belgrade on Thursday.

Two players of long standing reputations at Tynecastle, Gary Mackay and John Colquhoun, are set to sign one-year contracts which would make them available for the opening test in Europe.

Mackay, who played his 700th game for the club on Saturday, begins his seventeenth year with Hearts and is as enthusiastic about the club as ever.

He is also optimistic for its future.

"I have still a few bits and pieces to tie up in my contract but I expect to conclude it tomorrow.

I believe the signing of the three new players has given the club as strong a squad as we have had for years." Mackay relishes the prospect of the European tie, having been involved in a few in his time.

"We have played teams like Bayern Munich and Paris St Germain and Red Star will be in that category.

They are said to have a young, inexperienced side but we can be sure they will be top drawer." Colqhoun, who is also expected to conclude his contract talks today, was in as good form last season as he has been for some time, and his availability will add a forward dimension that could be specially useful in the away tie.

One of the new signings, Neil McCann, has a strain and is an unlikely starter - he is short of match fitness in any case - but French keeper Gilles Rousset should have recovered from a groin injury.

Taken from the Herald

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