French striker John-Christophe Ayina snubs chance to land Falkirk deal


BY DARREN JOHNSTONE – Capital City Press

Former Racing Santander striker John-Christophe Ayina has snubbed the chance to land a deal at Falkirk.

The 24-year-old had been due to play in today’s Development Squad clash with Hamilton as a trialist but has instead opted to try and earn a contract south of the border.

Carlisle are thought to be interested in the 24-year-old former Cordoba and Getafe B marksman, with Houston admitting he has ended his interest in the Frenchman.

Houston said: “We had John-Christophe in on trial and we extended it for another week as he picked up a thigh injury, but he’s decided to look elsewhere.

“We’ve been told that he has an option in England.”

Houston, meanwhile, is delighted that striker Kevin O’Hara has penned a contract extension at the club.

The 17-year-old made his debut for the Bairns as a second half substitute in April’s defeat to Queen of the South.

Houston added: “He’s got exceptional pace and he scores goals – all the things you want in a modern striker, but he’s also a smashing boy about the place.

“He deserves it and I think Falkirk fans will see him in the first team before the end of the season getting a couple of games. That’s the plan just now if he keeps progressing.”