Hearts boss Neilson must play a waiting game

Robbie Neilson is eager to bolster his squad after leading Hearts to promotion. Pic: Neil Hanna
Robbie Neilson is eager to bolster his squad after leading Hearts to promotion. Pic: Neil Hanna
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Hearts coach Robbie Neilson admits he must wait on clubs finishing their seasons before he can finalise new signings.

The Edinburgh outfit are ahead of schedule with their plans having won the league and ended their campaign last weekend. However, Neilson revealed today that some new signings depend on other teams completing fixtures. His plan is to bring in mainly European players, with a centre-back, a left-back and a striker the main priorities.

Neilson wants young, hungry players who can develop in the Premiership before being sold on at a profit. He has so far kept the identities of his targets to himself.

The Evening News has learned that the Queen of the South striker Gavin Reilly has been offered to Hearts. It remains to be seen whether he will be pursued by the Tynecastle club. Queens, who play Rangers this evening in the first leg of the Premiership play-off quarter-final, would be entitled to a development fee for 21-year-old Reilly, which could reach six figures.

Neilson is hopeful of concluding negotiations with at least one target soon. “We’re in negotiations with people and speaking to clubs and things like that,” he said today. “The issue we have at the moment is that a lot of leagues are still playing. We’ve finished really early so a lot of teams are in play-offs or down at the bottom of their league and don’t know where they’re going to be next season. It can be difficult trying to get players tied up at this time of year for that reason. We’re trying to get things nailed down and we are progressing so hopefully we can get a couple done and dusted fairly soon. Obviously, with Danny Wilson, Brad McKay and Adam Eckersley all leaving, I’ll need a centre-back and a left-back. We also need a striker since Genero Zeefuik is away, so we’re looking for somebody in that department as well.”