AFTER signing former Rangers goalkeeper Scott Gallacher yesterday, Hearts have agreed contract terms with Swedish striker Osman Sow.
The formalities of his signing should be completed over the weekend following his second goal in two trial matches against Manchester City last night. Tynecastle officials were due to press ahead in an attempt to complete the paperwork for Sow’s deal today, making him the club’s eighth new recruit this summer.
Gallacher signed a two-year contract yesterday after agreeing his release from Rangers. He joined Prince Buaben, Morgaro Gomis, James Keatings, Soufian El Hassnaoi, Neil Alexander and Alim Ozturk as new arrivals at Tynecastle.
Sow has already endeared himself to Hearts fans, striking at East Fife last weekend and last night produced a calm finish from Dale Carrick’s through ball to equalise against Manchester City, although Hearts lost the game 2-1.
“I thought Sow did well again last night,” Neilson told the Evening News. “He gives us a different dimension up front. He holds the ball in, he’s got a physical presence and that allows strikers round about him more freedom.
“He’s very quick and he gives you that threat over the top.
“His goal came from a great run by Dale and a great through ball and Osman slotted it in.
“I was pleased for him. We have a lot of options in attack now.
“We’ve hopefully got Sow coming in, plus there’s Carrick, Gary Oliver, James Keatings and Soufian El Hassnaoui. We’re looking strong.
“We got the opportunity to get Sow in and that’s why we’re moving forward with it, because he gives you that presence up there.”
Sow had asked to substituted due to fatigue just seconds before scoring.
“He was feeling it a wee bit because he’s done a bit of travelling recently,” explained Neilson. “He went down to London, then to Sweden, then back to London and back up here to Scotland.
“I think he was a bit tired from the travelling but once you get a sniff of goal the fatigue disappears for ten seconds. Then it comes back again.”
On Gallacher, Neilson told the Hearts website: “We’re glad to get Scott in. I fully expect him to push Neil Alexander all the way for the No.1 shirt as he’s certainly got the ability to do so.
“We’ve said all along that we were going to try and bring another goalkeeper in but it was a case of waiting to make sure that we got what we were looking for.
“We heard that he’d left Rangers so we made the move and spoke to his agent. We wanted to get it sorted because it gives us a bit more competition in the goalkeeping stakes.
“Scott has got experience; he’s played at Forfar and Airdrie and obviously Rangers. We’ve now got three good goalkeepers.”