Kevin McHattie leaves Hearts and joins Kilmarnock

Kevin McHattie made 16 appearances for Hearts in their 2014-15 Championship title-winning season
Kevin McHattie made 16 appearances for Hearts in their 2014-15 Championship title-winning season

Kevin McHattie has signed a three-year deal with Kilmarnock on the same day that he left Hearts by mutual consent.

The 22-year-old left-back made more than 80 first-team appearances for the Jambos, many of those under Gary Locke, now manager at Kilmarnock.

"I am delighted to have signed for Killie and I can't wait to get playing first-team football," he said.external-link

"I have worked with the manager before and after I spoke to Dale (Carrick) I was certain this was the right move."

Locke told the Killie website: "I am pleased to have secured Kevin for Kilmarnock. He is a very talented young left-back and we had to fight off competition from some really big clubs to sign him."

Earlier, McHattie told the Hearts websiteexternal-link that he was leaving "with some great memories, not least winning the title last year. I'll miss this place".

Meanwhile, Kilmarnock's 18-year-old goalkeeper Devlin MacKay has joined Derby County on loan until January 2016.