Transfer red-tape may have worked in Falkirk’s favour over their capture of Louis Longridge.
The Bairns loan signing made his deal permanent last week, and marked the settlement of his status with four goals in as many games.
However transfer regulations may have played a part in securing more first team football for the 26-year-old
which he cited as the reason for his move in the first place.
“He only signed on the Friday morning and missed training on Thursday because the loan ran out but we’ve got him permanent now.
“He can really be pleased with his work but he’s been doing that since he came in but just not getting the goals, but his goals on Saturday were quality.
“The good thing is he could only play for two clubs in the one season so we were in a fortunate position that we could get him.
“He wants to play in the first team and you can see he has a great appetite for the game.”
Hartley has also confirmed he is looking to replace Jimmy Nicholl. The Northern Irishman joined Rangers in a similar role last week and Hartley added: “We have people in mind to bring in permanently.
“We have a couple in mind and hopefully we get the process started once this week is out the way and look at bringing someone in.”
Alex Smith assisted Hartley for the win over Dundee United and defeat at inverness.