Former Hibee Nish is given a trial at Livi

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LIVINGSTON have taken former Hibs and Kilmarnock striker Colin Nish on trial and could play him as a trialist against Elgin this afternoon in the Scottish Communities League Cup first round.

The 32-year-old was released by Hartlepool United in May and is training with the West Lothian club, who are seeking a new striker. Also on trial at Almonvale is 21-year-old English-born forward Vinny Mukendi, brother of Partick Thistle’s 
recent loan signing from 
Liverpool, Henoc.

Livingston manager Richie Burke wants extra attacking options within his squad and is assessing several players who could fit the bill.

“Nishy has been great since he came on trial. He’s fitted in well,” Burke told the Evening News. “We’re looking for an additional striker. Right now we’ve got three or four who are in the trial process with us and one or two other irons in the fire.

“We want one more player of stature and size to play alongside Marc McNulty if we decide to go a little bit more direct with our play this season.

“There’s a chance Nishy could be involved with us against Elgin. I know a couple of other clubs are interested in him. I’m just a little bit concerned with whether we can give him a package that he wants at this stage in his career.”

Mukendi has previously played for Macclesfield Town, Barrow and Stalybridge Celtic amongst other English clubs. Like his younger brother, he is eligible to play international football for Congo and has been on the fringes of their youth squads. “Vinny is up from England to train with us and we’ll look at him for a week. There may be a couple of others coming in,” added Burke.