There was a huge turnaround of players under the last manager. Picture Michael Gillen.
We look back at the players signed while the man once known as ‘Zico’ was in charge of Falkirk.
The attacking midfielder made a good impression after joining from Hamilton as Hartley's first signing. The defender solved the Bairns' right-back issues after his loan move from Ross County. After a trial period, Welsh signed for the Bairns in January 2018. Tommy Robson arrived from Sunderland and remains in the first-team and a fan favourite. The popular striker's loan was cut short by a horrific facial injury, and other knocks thwarted options to return in the summer. Former Academy graduate Ryan Blair arrived on loan from Swansea. The tall goalkeeper gained first team experience before returning to Celtic. He's now on loan at Partick Thistle. One of the Hartley signing successes. Jakubiak had a family history with Falkirk and left his own mark in his half season. The first signing of the summer had big names on his CV but fell out of favour before rejoining Crawley Town. Striker was a big disappointment and was released by Dundee and Falkirk terminated his loan. Now back in Canada. Scored off the bench at Firhill and showed flashes of promise but released early into McKinnon's tenure. The goalkeeper has been in and out of the team this season. The former Dumbarton playmaker's signing brought a bit of excitement and expectation, but he failed to resume his talismanic Sons form before release in October. No nonsense defender Harrison has scored a couple of vital goals for the team. Back up left back joined Falkirk after leaving Ray McKinnon at Morton, then left McKinnon again, departing the Bairns early in 2019. Arrived on loan from Hearts and made a decent start. Still involved in matchday squads though form has tailed off under McKinnon's new formation. Another who McKinnon cut quickly from the squad, Falkirk were said to have paid money for Mackin, who is now at Stirling. After a slow start as a Bairn a recent resurgence in form showed his qualities, but red mist at Tannadice has seen him out of the team recently. Anticipated as a number 10 playmaker, the Englishman returned south to Hereford in October. Young striker moved north and barely featured beyond pre-season friendlies before being allowed to return south to Port Vale. Deployed mostly on the right despite being a defensive midfielder, the Chelsea youth captain was recalled by his parent club at the halfway stage of his loan. Englishman arrived without much fanfare but is one of the Hartley signings to last longest. Alex Jakubiak's former team-mate couldn't mirror the striker's impact and his time was further soured by an alleged racism storm before he left in January. Lithuanian has seen his form rewarded with international call-ups