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Billy Reid’s activity in the transfer market continued today when he agreed with Hearts for the on-loan transfer of the Gorgie club’s nineteen year old striker Chris Gardiner. The loan deal is expected to run until the end of the season and the young forward will join the squad for tomorrow’s match with Hamilton Academical.

The Manager has a full squad to pick from but felt an addition was essential. “Our squad is very thin and we needed to get someone else in to give us options. I’ve known Chris since he was twelve but he has lost his way at Hearts and now it is up to him to show what he can do in the remainder of the season”.

Chris, who signed for Hearts on 1 July 2003 but has yet to make his debut for the Tynecastle first team, is regarded as a player of real pace and ended the 2003-04 season playing on the wing for Hearts Reserves.

Tomorrow’s game will be a tough test for the Bully Wee, Hamilton have strengthened with the signing of Avaray, Cramb and Paquito. Allan Maitland’s team will be keen to avenge their previous last-minute defeat that occured when Clyde last played the Accies. It was John Potter who was the hero then as he struck in the final minute and that game demonstrated how there is very little between any of the sides in this Division.

Elsewhere, Airdrie United host Ross County, who have won their last three matches;. Raith Rovers play St Mirren who got back on the rails last week in the cup against Hamilton and Falkirk travel to St Johnstone with the Perth Saints desperate to return to form after two consecutive defeats. The most interesting game is possibly at Firhill as Thistle take on Queen of the South. Dick Campbell will be hoping that his arrival will bolster the Jags but Queens are fighting to prevent being dragged into the relegation battle and will pose a tough test for Partick.