Former Rangers duo urged new Hearts star to head to Scotland

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New Hearts midfielder Perry Kitchen says he was convinced the Ladbrokes Premiership was the right place for him after talking to Rangers old boys Carlos Bocanegra and Maurice Edu.

Kitchen signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with the Jam Tarts earlier this week and the 24-year-old, who has played over 175 games for DC, said the former Gers players and USA manager Jurgen Klinsmann helped him make the decision.

“The more I found out about the country, the football and Hearts specifically, the more it intrigued me,” he told the Daily Record.

“My agent was the agent for Carlos Bocanegra and Maurice Edu. They connected with me and they loved their time in Scotland. That was very encouraging.

“They said the support here is great, the passion for the game is second to none and that was something that definitely interested me.”

The defensive midfielder is likely to go straight into the squad that will face Dundee at Dens Park this weekend, a game which sees the Jambos priced as 7/5 favourites.

The Dark Blues can be backed at 19/10, with the draw on at 23/10, but with the game marking Kitchen’s first foray into Scottish football the 21/10 on a Hearts clean sheet, thanks to a stellar display from the American, could prove the value bet of the day.

All odds and markets correct as of the date of publishing.

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