Date: 4th February 2011 at 5:33pm
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As has been expected for the past couple of days following the closure of the January transfer window, Hearts have re-employed the services of their former player Andy Webster after the centre-half was freed by Rangers.

Much has been written and discussed about Webster’s controversial departure from Hearts back in 2006, with the support seemingly very much split over backing his return to the club. Acknowledging the situation, Webster clearly chose his words rather carefully when speaking to the Press about his Tynecastle return. He said:

‘I come back to the club that gave me the base for a successful club and international career as a more experienced player.

‘A lot was written at the time I left and the circumstances were indeed unfortunate.

‘But the fact I have returned to a club which means so much to me – particularly when there were opportunities at other clubs – says everything I need to say on my return.

‘Now my entire focus is on the future and helping Hearts secure European football.’

I don’t really know the full ins and outs of what went on when Webster left and to be honest, personally I don’t really care. All I’m interested in are the facts that I do know here, with the main one being that Hearts have employed the services of a player approaching his prime who has the ability to be the best centre-back in the country. In fact he probably was whilst at Dundee United last season. Therefore it has to be viewed as a positive move by the club.

Will Webster be given a hard time by some when he makes his second Hearts debut? Possibly, but the ridiculously fickle nature of football fans will dictate that this will very quickly fade if he starts showing that he’s as good a player as we know he can be. A fully fit Webster should walk straight into that Hearts team and make it significantly better, and that’s what I’m hoping will happen.