Banks stays with Hearts

Keeper rules out move to Ibrox

Banks: Staying with Hearts

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Hearts goalkeeper Steve Banks has ended rumours linking him with Rangers by signing a new deal at Tynecastle.

The 36-year-old, who has signed a two-and-a-half year deal, has also been appointed as goalkeeping coach at Tynecastle, having held the position on an interim basis since the departure of Jim Stewart earlier in the season.

Banks had been targeted by Rangers as back-up for Allan McGregor with Roy Carroll in talks over a possible move to Derby.

Hearts caretaker manager Stephen Frail was delighted to keep Banks at the Edinburgh club.


"It is great news for Hearts," Frail told the club's official website.

"When other clubs want you and you pledge your future to Hearts it gives everyone a boost.

"I am really pleased that he has decided to stay with Hearts. It's fantastic for everyone connected with the club."

Banks added: "I am delighted to have extended my deal with Hearts.

"I believe that the club has a bright future and we are all working hard to deliver the success that everyone associated with Hearts wants."