Hearts will decide whether to offer Swedish goalkeeper Viktor Noring a contract after he plays in today’s friendly against Cowdenbeath.
Head coach Robbie Neilson plans to assess the 25-year-old trialist in action at Central Park and then make his mind up.
Noring, a Swedish internationalist, has been on trial at Riccarton for the last two weeks. He was kept on after another goalkeeper, the Israeli Danny Amos, was told last weekend he wouldn’t be getting a deal.
Neilson has been impressed with Noring in training but will make a final decision following this afternoon’s friendly. Hearts players who weren’t involved in Thursday night’s Europa League qualifying tie against Infonet will also be given match practice in Fife.
“Noring stayed with us this week and he’ll play against Cowdenbeath. Then I’ll have a chat with him and see where we go,” Neilson told the Evening News. “He’s looked good so far, that’s why I kept him here for another week. I’ve been pleased with what I’ve seen but we’ll see him in a game today and take it from there.
“The guys who didn’t play on Thursday will be involved at Cowdenbeath. The most important game for us is the European second leg in Estonia and it’s important we get ready the guys ready for it. Thursday was good for them, it gave them a good workout, and we can now build for the return game on Wednesday.”
Midfielders Morgaro Gomis and Don Cowie are both on the injured list and are unlikely to play. “Morgaro had a back spasm and Don is still recovering. He’s got a problem with his calf. He’s been in training but it’s a little bit too early,” added Neilson.
Hearts have arranged another friendly in Fife next Saturday, July 9, when they face Dunfermline at East End Park. The game kicks-off at 3pm and tickets are priced at £10 for adults and £5 for concessions.
The Hearts support will occupy the SQMC East Stand and will be able to buy tickets on the day at turnstiles ten to 15.