Harry Stone joins Albion Rovers on loan

Goalkeeper Harry Stone has joined the club on loan for the remainder of the campaign.


The highly-rated youngster was promoted to Hearts first-team squad last season and was their third-choice goalkeeper in the Premiership.


Touted as an eventual successor to Craig Gordon, the towering 6ft 3in stopper was sought after by the likes of Liverpool, Watford and Celtic in the past year before committing to the Edinburgh side on a long term contract.


Considered one of the countries top goalkeeping prospects in his age group, the Scotland youth cap bolsters our options and will challenge the two Chris’ for the starting jersey.


On the opening day of the League 2 season, 18-year-old Stone joined Stirling Albion on an emergency loan – where he then kept a clean sheet against runaway league leaders Queen’s Park in a 0-0 draw.


Manager Brian Reid commented: “Harry is someone we have been chasing for a period of time, he is highly thought of at Hearts and as such, they were keen to hold onto him until the situation for the lower leagues became a bit clearer.


“We needed another goalkeeper after Ryan’s (Goodfellow) departure, but I felt it was important to get someone in with real quality and with Harry we have got that, he’s vocal and has all the attributes a quality goalkeeper needs.”