Hearts boss to decide on taking Lee Currie

Lee Currie, left, tracks new signing James Keatings at Riccarton
Lee Currie, left, tracks new signing James Keatings at Riccarton
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Robbie Neilson is due to make a decision today on whether or not to take trialist Lee Currie on Hearts’ pre- season trip to England.

The former Hibs youngster has been training with the Jambos in a bid to earn a deal after three impressive years at Berwick Rangers since he was released from Easter Road in 2011.

Head coach Neilson, who has been running the rule over the 24-year-old central midfielder at Riccarton over the past few days, said: “Lee’s done well with us so far. He did really well at Berwick last season. I’ve had a lot of good reports about him and I’ve been watching videos of him.

“He’s very hungry to prove himself and he’s technically a very good player with a good left foot. He’s got a lot of room for improvement but we feel an environment like this can improve him. It’s up to him to prove himself.”

Hearts travel to Chester tomorrow for a four-day training camp which will be bookended by friendlies against eastern European opponents in Leigh. Currie is due to learn today if he will be invited to join the squad on their bus south.

Fans heading to the friendlies in Greater Manchester should note that although both games will take place in Leigh Sports Village, neither of them will take place at the main stadium where they faced Dinamo Bucharest last summer. Neilson’s side will take on Bulgarian champions Ludogorets Razgrad tomorrow at the pavilion, which has no seating, while Sunday’s game against Dinamo Bucharest is due to take place at 3pm at Leigh Harriers’ ground.

Jason Holt is relishing Hearts’ pre-season trip to England this week and can’t wait for the first friendly of the summer against Bulgarian champions Ludogorets Razgrad tomorrow.

The midfielder said: “It will be good for team bonding and helping the new boys get gelled in. It’s been a while since the last game of the season, so all the boys are itching to get back into it and get a few minutes under their belts.”

Holt helped Petrofac Training Services launch their sponsorship of the Challenge Cup. The first-round draw was due to be made at Easter Road today.

Meanwhile, Hearts have added Dumbarton assistant manager Jack Ross to their coaching staff, with the 38-year-old former Clyde, Falkirk and St Mirren player expected to succeed Neilson in charge of the under-20 side.

Ex-Hibs player Guillaume Beuzelin, who has been coaching youngsters at Easter Road, was being lined up to replace Ross as Ian Murray’s No.2 at the Sons.