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Hearts have announced the appointment of Ian Cathro as their new head coach.

The 30-year-old has moved to Tynecastle from Newcastle, where was assistant coach, and signed a three-and-a-half-year deal.

Cathro replaces Robbie Neilson, who has left to join MK Dons, and his first match in charge will be against Rangers at Ibrox on Saturday.

Hearts chairwoman Ann Budge told the club website: “We are delighted to have secured the services of Ian Cathro and are confident he is the ideal candidate to take our club forward.

“He is widely regarded as one of the brightest young coaches in the game and has amassed a great deal of experience both at home and abroad.

“He may only be 30 years of age, but we are convinced that he has all the tools required to be a successful head coach.”