A few cinch Premiership clubs started their pre-season friendly schedules on Saturday as Motherwell handed a trial to Leicester City academy talent Darragh O’Connor.

The 21-year-old Irish centre-back signed for Leicester City as a youth product in 2019 after form with Wexford in his homeland. But he was released at the end of last season and NTOF understands he is on trial with Motherwell at the minute, alongside a host of other players.

Leicester City v West Ham United: Premier League 2

On trial with Motherwell. (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

There was that and more in the weekend’s pre-season affairs for clubs across Scotland.

Linlithgow Rose 0-6 Hearts

This game was in jeopardy just hours beforehand. Members of the Hearts first-team have had to self-isolate due to a Covid-19 outbreak and youth coach John Rankin was in charge for the club’s first pre-season game, in place of manager Robbie Neilson, who is self-isolating.

Finlay Pollock, Michael Smith, Armand Gnanduillet, Makenzie Kirk and a Liam Boyce double sealed a comfortable win.

Forfar 0-3 Dundee

Charlie Adam showed no signs of slowing down as his three assists set Premiership newcomers Dundee on their way to a comfortable victory. Former Dee player Gary Harkins was on trial with Forfar.

Dundee v Heart of Midlothian - Scottish Championship

Exceptional. (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Dumbarton 1-0 Motherwell

‘Well handed minutes to 24 different players as they were beaten by League One opposition, including recently released Leicester City defender O’Connor. David Hopkirk’s late goal secured a home win.

Selected friendly results

Kelty Hearts 2-3 Partick Thistle

Forrest Mechanics 0-1 Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Raith Rovers 4-1 Stranraer

Civil Service Strollers 2-2 Dunfermline Athletic

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