Craig Wighton leaves Dundee for Hearts

Craig Wighton has left Dundee FC for Heart of Midlothian for an undisclosed fee.

The 21-year-old striker has joined Craig Levein’s side on a three-year deal.

In a statement on their website, Hearts confirmed the signing of Wighton: “The forward has signed a three-year deal at Tynecastle after moving from Dens Park for an undisclosed fee.

“Craig boasts a wealth of top-flight experience despite being only 21 years of age.

“He came through the youth ranks at Dundee and made his first team debut in October 2013, aged 16.

“A month later he became Dundee’s youngest ever scorer, heading home his first senior goal against Raith Rovers as The Dee would go on to lift the Championship title.”

Speaking to HeartsTV, Wighton expressed his delight at securing the move: “When I first heard, I straightaway knew what I wanted; I wanted to come here.

“When a club like Hearts comes in for you then you can’t turn that down. I just wanted to come here as soon as I found out and I’m glad it’s done.

“The club paying a fee does make you feel wanted. I think that’s important. You want to feel wanted.

“There is a manager here who I’ve known for a number of years and always got on well with so it’s good to have that as well.

“The fact that Hearts have paid money shows that they wanted me to come and I hope to repay them.

“Hearts giving young players a chance is a massive factor in me joining. Wherever you go you need to look at the history of the club.

“The young boys have played throughout the years but especially in the last couple of seasons.

“You’ve got a lot of good young players and they’re getting a chance at such a big club so it’s positive.

“I’m absolutely delighted to be here and I can’t wait to get started with the game at the weekend.”

Dundee had moved in anticipation of Wighton’s move with the signing of 38-year-old former Scotland striker Kenny Miller.

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