Calum Elliot set to link up with Hartley at Alloa

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ALLOA manager Paul Hartley looks set to capitalise on his Hearts connection with free agent Calum Elliot by signing the 25-year-old for the Recreation Park club.

The former Hearts striker and team-mate of Hartley had been training with American MLS side Houston Dynamo last month as he tried to find a new club after leaving Lithuanian club Zalgiris Vilnius after a year where he scored 17 goals in 39 appearances.

Elliot, who has played for Motherwell, Livingston and Dundee in loan spells, has been training with the First Division Lions since returning from the States, but they have not yet offered him a deal.

Hartley is believed to have stepped in with an offer to join the promotion-seeking Wasps until the end of the season. A spokesperson at the club said: “There has been contact made and there is a chance that Calum will come here.”

Meanwhile, Ayr United boss Mark Roberts has told his players to defeat visitors Stenhousemuir tonight and build on 
Saturday’s win over Forfar as failing to make the play-offs will be a season of failure.

Roberts said: “With the changes we have made to the squad and the results we have picked up recently, we have given ourselves a chance of making the play-offs. Forfar are aiming for them and we beat them and Stenhousemuir think they are within a shout also so winning this game would help us further.”

The Warriors drew 1-1 at Stranraer on Saturday and manager Martyn Corrigan said: “I would have hoped to have picked up more points away from Ochilview but we have drawn too many games we should have won.” We have the chance to start putting that right at Ayr but it will be tricky as they appear to have turned the corner. We have a very good squad when everyone is fit and I am looking for that squad to get us the win at Somerset Park.”

Brechin will entertain league leaders Queen of the South at Glebe Park if drainage problems at the ground have been overcome and the surface is deemed playable following a noon inspection while Forfar will look to leap-frog Arbroath and into a play-off place by winning by two or more goals against bottom-of-the-table Albion Rovers.