Hearts' youngster Wallace sends out a battle cry in fight for Nade role

HEARTS teenager Ryan Wallace today appealed for the chance to fill Christian Nade's striking berth against Aberdeen as an encore to his first-team debut at Ibrox on Saturday.

The 19-year-old replaced goalscorer Scott Robinson for the final nine minutes of the 1-1 draw with Rangers, using the brief appearance to showcase his industry and attacking panache to a wider audience.

With Nade suspended for Aberdeen's midweek visit to Tynecastle after a needless ordering off at the weekend, Wallace is now hopeful of achieving his first start.

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Manager Csaba Laszlo is short on striking options with Calum Elliot still sidelined by injury and it would appear to be a straight fight between Wallace and another teenager, Gordon Smith, to replace Nade in the starting line-up.

"All I can do is work really hard in training over the next couple of days and keep showing the manager what I can do.

"I want to stay involved," said Wallace.

"It was a good experience getting a debut at Ibrox and I'm really thankful for the opportunity.

"The manager has shown faith in me but my aim is to work even harder to push for a place in the team.

"Aberdeen will be a tough match but I want to be involved. Whether it's from the start or as a sub again is down to the manager."

Nade was dismissed by referee Calum Murray for a second yellow card on 74 minutes after kicking the ball into the Rangers crowd having been flagged offside.

Laszlo, although angry with the Frenchman's petulance, has said he will not fine the player for indiscipline.