Doncaster Rovers: Scottish midfielder Crawford set for Keepmoat switch

Doncaster Rovers are poised to complete the signing of Scottish midfielder Ali Crawford, we understand.

Tuesday, 10th July 2018, 1:12 pm
Updated Monday, 16th July 2018, 4:02 pm
Ali Crawford

The Edinburgh Evening News reports the 26-year-old is set for a medical at Rovers after ending a trial with Hearts.

And sources have confirmed the validity of the reports.

Rovers boss Grant McCann revealed last weekend that he was closing in on the signing of a midfielder.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

And it seems that he has got his man.

Crawford departed Hamilton Academical at the end of last season and hoped to secure a move to England.

He was offered a trial by Hearts boss Craig Levein and impressed in a friendly against Arbroath last Wednesday.

But his chances of earning a contract at Tynecastle were hit when Hearts signed former loanee Steven Naismith from Norwich City.Crawford join Hamilton at the age of 15 after being rejected by boyhood club Hearts.

He was one of the Accies' key men following promotion to the Scottish top flight, reaching double figures for goals in the 2014/15 and 16/17 seasons.

But he described last season as the worst of his career as he was blighted by a knee injury which restricted him to 19 appearances and three goals.

He told BBC Sport: "It was probably the worst season of my career so far.

"I started the season and then in September I got an injury. I've played six games since then so it's been frustrating to end it this way.

"Hopefully I can come back stronger next season wherever that may be."

In total he made 295 appearances for Hamilton, scoring 39 goals.