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Stevie Crawford joins Hearts as assistant to head coach Robbie Neilson

The former Scotland and Hibernian striker has left Falkirk to join up at Tynecastle.

Stevie Crawford, Robbie Neilson, Falkirk, March 2013.
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Stevie Crawford has joined Hearts as their new assistant head coach.

The 40-year-old former striker for Raith Rovers, Hibernian, Dunfermline and Scotland joins new boss Robbie Neilson in the Tynecastle dug out next season.

Crawford cut his teeth in coaching at East Fife in 2009, where he served as player-manager for a year.

He has been number two at Falkirk since 2011, and assisted Gary Holt at the Bairns last season.

Neilson told the official Hearts website that he was delighted to land Crawford after working with him in various capacities.

He said: "He'll assist with developing the players and he's got a great track record of producing talented young players at Falkirk.

"I know that he'll be a big benefit to the club. He's got a great wealth of knowledge and the boys will learn from him, especially the attacking players.

"I'm certain that he'll be a big benefit to the football academy as all the coaches, myself included, look to work closely together with all age groups."

Falikirk boss Holt told STV he was sad to see his right hand man depart but said he would never stand in the way of anyone looking for a new challenge.

Holt said: "Stevie has a lot of strengths - he builds great teamwork and camaraderie and is a strong coach.

"He has been a great support to me and we have become good friends.

"He will be severely missed but he feels he wants to give it a go and we as a club don't want to stand in anyone's way.

"We will now start the process of looking for Stevie's replacement and I have a couple of candidates in mind. We want a level of continuity with the good progress we've been making here."

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