Bob McHugh signs on at Falkirk but no deal for Paul Heffernan

Bob McHugh has signed a two-year deal with Falkirk. Picture: Ray Ryan
Bob McHugh has signed a two-year deal with Falkirk. Picture: Ray Ryan

Falkirk have confirmed the signing of former Motherwell striker Bob McHugh but will not be offering a deal to ex-Hibs forward Paul Heffernan.

Peter Houston took both players on the Bairns’ recent pre-season tour of Ireland and was impressed with their workrate.

McHugh (23) scored four goals in two games, and the Westfield manager saw sufficent potential in the Scotland under-19 cap to offer him a two-year deal.

But there will be no contract for 33-year-old Heffernan.

“He’s a perfect pro and a really good player,” said Houston. “Three years ago I wouldn’t be asking the question, but he’s going on 34 so I’ve decided against it.

“I’m still looking for a couple of players to strengthen our squad. There are a couple of things I’m working on.

“I think we have a really strong squad for the Championship and one that I think can do well.”

The Bairns boss has also confirmed that the club has received no offers for star midfielder Craig Sibbald, who started last night’s 3-2 friendly defeat against Hamilton Accies.

“We’ve not had one enquiry,” he said. “We want Craig to stay, we don’t need to sell anybody.

“I’d like to keep him, however if someone comes in for him I’ll never hold back a young player from going to the highest level.

“But have we had a bid for him, have we had an enquiry about him? Not at all.

“From this time last year I’ve been trying to build a squad. Some of the younger ones have stepped up to the plate, and boys like Blair Alston and Sibbald have improved their game as well.

“If you look at the cup final, which was only a month or so ago, we were playing the third-best team in the country, and in the second half of that game we were outplaying them.

“We’re trying to build. I lost two players when I came in last year - Kingsley went to Swansea, McGrandles went to Norwich - but credit to the players who have come in.”

Falkirk play Partick Thistle in their last full pre-season friendly on Saturday at home, kick-off 3 p.m.

A Bairns XI will play Spartans on Tuesday at Westfield, kick-off 7.45 p.m.