First Team

Craig: Ryo can be huge success

30th August 2019

Craig Levein is confident that his new signing, Ryotaro Meshino, can be a huge success at Tynecastle.

The 21-year-old has joined Hearts on a season-long loan from Manchester City, subject to international clearance. 

The manager also confirmed that Ryotaro could have some part to play in tomorrow's match at Hamilton.

"If we get the ITC through he'll be involved tomorrow at some point - whether he starts or comes off the bench.

"I am really excited about what he can bring to Hearts and I think our supporters will be as well. I have to temper that, of course - he is a human being, he's had a long flight.

"What I can say is that if he isn't at his absolute best tomorrow, then it won't be long before he is. I'm really excited about him joining us."

Ryotaro now becomes another option up-front for Craig and his backroom staff, and he will battle for Steven Naismith, Uche Ikpeazu, Conor Washington, Steven MacLean and Aidan Keena for a starting berth.

"He's exciting beacuse he likes to attack," Craig said of his new signing. "He likes to dribble, he likes to shoot, he likes to score goals. I quite like all those things as well so I'm hopeful that he'll be a huge success here."

The manager also offered an update on two first team players.

"Steven trained today. He's trained all week actually, so he's okay for tomorrow.

"Joel has a very minor thigh strain. It happened let on in the Celtic game. I'm very hopeful that he will be back for the Motherwell match after the international break."

To watch all of Craig's press conference on HeartsTV, click here.