Nigerian left back Juwon Oshaniwa is expected in Edinburgh at some point next week to complete his move from FC Ironi Ahsdod, but the Hearts boss revealed that may not be the end of Hearts’ transfer business.
Having already recruited Gavin Reilly, Blazej Augustyn and Juanma Delgado over the summer, Neilson and Director of Football Craig Levein will work to add further new faces - aside from Oshaniwa - should the opportunity arise. “We’ll maybe look to get in one more,” said Neilson. “We’ll have a look at it and see what the budget is and possibly get one or two in. It just depends what comes up. If a good player comes up then we’ll try to do something. I just want good players – it doesn’t matter if they’re experienced or not.”
Neilson watched his charges go down 2-0 at Dumbarton last night.
Starting with an experimental side, that featured a back four comprised entirely of teenagers, the Jambos were given a stern test by Stevie Aitken’s team.
Overall, Neilson was pleased with the work out his players received despite the result. “All in all it was a good day for us” he added. “We had a really young back four that started the game and a couple of the players were just out of school in the summer. To get some experience against Dumbarton, who are a good team with a lot of experienced players, was good for them.
“We always knew it was going to be difficult the first hour with the squad we had. To lose two was disappointing but it’s to be expected with young kids.”
Hearts will take a team to the Oban Tournament this weekend and they also travel to play Stirling Albion on Tuesday night, kick-off 7.30pm.