ROBBIE NEILSON today declared Hearts’ summer signing spree over after Swedish striker Osman Sow became the eighth new arrival at Tynecastle.
Sow agreed a two-year contract to join recent signings Scott Gallacher, Prince Buaben, Alim Ozturk, Neil Alexander, Soufian El Hassnaoui, James Keatings and Morgaro Gomis in the squad.
The recruitment is now complete, according to Neilson, who told the Evening News he will only add another player if someone exceptional becomes available.
The head coach stressed he is content with the variety in his squad and is now preparing for the start of the competitive season on Saturday, when Annan Athletic visit Tynecastle in the Petrofac Training Cup.
“That will be us done now. Unless we really need to get somebody in, that will be us finished,” he said. “I’m really pleased with everyone we’ve brought in. We’ve added a lot of variety. The boys are training well, working hard and playing well. Getting Osman Sow signed up gives us something different, so I’m pleased.”
Gallacher will make his Hearts debut in goal in this evening’s friendly against Dundee at Dens Park. Neilson is again expected to rotate his squad, although winger Sam Nicholson will not be risked after tweaking his groin against Manchester City last Friday. We’ll rotate the squad and some boys will come in so we can give them a game,” said Neilson. “We have the cup at the weekend against Annan so tonight is an opportunity for some of them to get a game under their belts and perform well with a view to Saturday.
“Sam will be rested tonight and we’ll see how he is later in the week before we make a decision on him. He’s got a wee problem with his groin but it’s not a big issue. He’ll sit out tonight and we’ll reassess him to decide if he will be involved on Saturday or if we just hold off until the Rangers game.”
After finalising his move to Edinburgh, Sow intends to keep on scoring after two goals in two trial appearances. “I’m happy to have signed for Hearts. It’s a massive club which should be in the top flight,” he told the club’s website.
“There’s a good bunch of lads here and everybody is working hard. The staff have been brilliant, so I’m happy. I’m happy to play my football here and I can’t wait to do it as soon as possible.
“Manchester City was a good game to play in and it’s always fun to play against big teams. I’m happy and I’m looking forward to the season starting. It’s a big thing to play in front of so many fans and I’ve heard a lot of good things about the supporters here.
“It’s a tough start to the season [against Rangers and Hibs] but it’s good, it gets you on your feet. If we work hard then we can get some good results, and if I work hard then hopefully I’ll score a lot of goals in Scotland.”