Ghislain Guessan will get Hearts chance in under-20s match

Ghislain Guessan is on trial at Hearts. Pic: SNS
Ghislain Guessan is on trial at Hearts. Pic: SNS
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Trialist striker Ghislain Guessan will get the chance to show Hearts he deserves a contract tomorrow night when he plays for the under-20 side.

The Ivorian striker is scheduled to play in a Development League match against Dundee United at Riccarton before manager Craig Levein decides whether to offer him a deal.

Guessan is eager to impress Levein and showcase his talents as a free agent after leaving the Norwegian club Viking FK.

He arrived in Edinburgh last week to train with the Hearts first team on a trial basis. He then travelled to Dingwall with the squad to watch Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Ross County.

Guessan’s trial period is due to end tomorrow, but Levein will assess him in a game situation before making a final decision on his future.

The 25-year-old has shown up well in training so far, with strength and pace two of his main attributes. At 6ft 2in, he carries a physical presence and could offer competition to Hearts forwards Kyle Lafferty and Steven Naismith.

He played with Viking last year after spending most of his professional career in Algeria. He was born in Paris but has represented Ivory Coast at Under-20 level.

As a youth player, Guessan was on the books of Nantes in France and Padova in Italy before his spell in the Algerian league.