Jambos land Robin
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Hearts have signed Bristol City striker Lee Miller on loan for the rest of the season.Hearts have signed striker Lee Miller on loan for the rest of the season from English League One side Bristol City.
The 21-year-old has struggled to make an impact since moving to Ashton Gate for £325,000 from Scottish First Division side Falkirk in the summer of 2003.
He had been recently linked with a move back to Scotland with Aberdeen, but the young hit-man will now have the chance to play in the Scottish Premier League with John Robertson's Jambos.
Hearts were in need of new faces in attack after selling striker Mark de Vries to English Championship side Leicester City this week and Robins player-manager Brian Tinnion feels Miller needs first team matches under his belt.
"Lee needs a run of games at first team level and was keen to return to Scotland," Tinnion told the club's official website.
"With Dave Cotterill emerging to challenge hard for a first team place, I feel we have adequate cover for our strikers.
"It's a great chance for Lee to play at top level. He is still young and we'll have a clearer idea of what the future holds for him when the loan spell is up."
Meanwhile, Tinnion is keen to bring in a centre back on loan, with the West Country club set to sign Peterborough United defender Craig Ireland for a month.
The Robins are keen to add cover in their backline for Monday's clash with League One high-flyers Tranmere Rovers, with Tony Butler currently sidelined with a dental injury.
Butler had several teeth displaced in a New Year's Day bust-up with Peterborough striker Clive Platt and it is the same League One club that seem willing to help City by lending defender Ireland to them for a four-week spell.
Tinnion hopes Ireland is available after he appears for The Posh at Milton Keynes Dones in the FA Cup third round on Saturday.
"Craig is strong in the air and would help us with set pieces at both ends of the park," Tinnion added.
"Providing he comes through the cup tie unscathed, I hope we can arrange something on Sunday."