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Sam Nicholson has been pictured back at training with his old team-mates at Hearts.

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The winger left the club in the summer transfer window to join Minnesota United in the MLS.

Having returned to Edinburgh from the States during the off-season, Nicholson joined in with his former club at their Riccarton training base.

However, there will be no quick-fire return to Tynecastle for the 22-year-old, who is said to be enjoying life across the pond.

Instead, Nicholson called in a favour and asked to train with his boyhood heroes in order to keep his fitness levels up.

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Hearts manager Craig Levein is hoping Jamie Walker stays at Tynecastle beyond January but stressed it will be the player’s decision.

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Rangers tried several times to sign Walker during the summer transfer window and it is not clear if they remain interested after sacking manager Pedro Caixinha. Levein has discussed Walker’s immediate future with the 24-year-old and insists he is settled at the moment despite a difficult few months.

His Hearts contract expires at the end of the season and he is therefore entitled to sign a pre-contract agreement with another club when the January transfer window opens. Levein is hopeful Walker will remain with Hearts until the end of the season after watching him return from a hamstring injury last weekend against Partick Thistle.

“It was good to get Jamie back on the field, I was pleased with that. I think he’ll be better again with another week’s training under his belt,” said Levein, adding that the winger is feeling better mentally after speculation about his future dissipated.

“He seems good. I’ve had a couple of chats with him and he seems in a good place. I’m not worried about Jamie, I was just worried whether we’d have him available to play.”

Asked whether Walker is likely to be at Tynecastle until the season ends, Levein replied: “It’s one of the options but I’m not exactly sure what’s going to happen. I’m hoping he’ll be here, that’s for sure, but it will be Jamie’s decision.”

Centre-back John Souttar is in contention to return from concussion this Saturday when Hearts host Ross County.

Souttar has resumed training this week ahead of the Highlanders’ visit, which will be the second match in front of Tynecastle’s new main stand.

The 21-year-old suffered concussion and spent a night in hospital after a clash whilst on Scotland Under-21 duty against Latvia earlier this month.

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John Robertson lives in a farmhouse in Cawdor, rural Nairnshire. There is barely a mobile phone signal to speak of.

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Hearts’ record league goalscorer took on a sizeable task in June by returning north for a second managerial spell at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium. Relegation from the Scottish Premiership was hitting hard, with over £1million needing cut from the Highland club’s £1.65m football budget. Robertson had to source 13 new players and effectively build a new team whilst also advising other departments of his club how to cut their cloth accordingly.

Thankfully, he had arrived after three years of commercial, coaching and ambassadorial work at Tynecastle. There, he closely watched owner Ann Budge’s rapid restoration project after administration and relegation in 2014. The experience was invaluable and Inverness are now the beneficiaries. Costs have been cut, ambitions adjusted and Robbo is overseeing progress on the field. His team are unbeaten in seven matches, winning four and drawing three without losing a solitary goal.

Lengthy walks across the Highland countryside in recent months helped him gather thoughts on what happened in Gorgie, and then devise a way forward for Inverness.

“There are a lot of clever people at Hearts in different departments. A lot of the ideas Hearts looked at, I’ve managed to pass on to the relevant people at Inverness,” said the 53-year-old, speaking exclusively to the Evening News. “We’re trying to do a somewhat watered-down version of what Hearts did. There are 70-80 [non-football] employees at Hearts but here we only have 12 to 15.

“A few ideas we’ve put in place already have started to work. Despite our early results, when we took a couple of hammerings, we did play some good football. There was still some doom and gloom but we stuck to our guns and been rewarded with seven games unbeaten and seven clean sheets. We’ve broken a club record. We were second in our League Cup section and we’re in the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup. We are slowly, but surely, recovering.

“Our plans haven’t changed. This is a competitive league. Dundee United are the favourites but, by the end of February, we are aiming to be in a position where we can strike for the title or the play-off spots.

“The hardest thing when I got here was the clock. We only had a few weeks to find 13 players. Relegation to Hearts, Hibs, Rangers or Dundee United is disappointing but it’s not a death knell. Those clubs have history and good fanbases and people can rally in a crisis, as you saw with the Hearts supporters and Foundation of Hearts.

“We don’t have that up here. There is a rich tapestry with Inverness Caledonian and Inverness Thistle coming together, but there’s only 23 years of history to fall back on. We’re only in the second generation of Inverness CT fans and there was obviously going to be a drop in crowds after relegation.

“The club will lose about £2m in potential earnings – £1.2m prize money and £800,000 in gate receipts. It’s a tough situation. The board were great. They told me the budget but said they couldn’t do what they did last time and keep it as it was. Our playing budget was £1.65m in the Premiership and we’ve had to cut more than £1m of that.

“The club had to get back to being run sensibly, paying what we could afford. I had to use contacts to get players and try to get the club back challenging at the top end of the Championship.”

Commendably, he was determined to do so whilst sticking to his own philosophy on attacking and entertaining football.

“My ethos is: I want my team to be really fit, express themselves on the park, get the ball down and pass, then press teams to win the ball back if we lose it. I want them to really excite people. That’s how I think football should be played. It is a results business, but it’s also an entertainment business.

“Players like Iain Vigurs and Liam Polworth, who were already here, fit in with that because they’re very good players. We got others in through our reference system. We always get a reference from someone who has coached a player or played with him before we sign him. A couple came from the Netherlands and we got some from the English academy system.

“There was negativity, fans were upset and there was some discord between them and the previous board. We’re slowly starting to win them back.

“We’ve been honest with them, told them we don’t have the money and that we need to batten down the hatches and rebuild on and off the pitch.”

Robertson’s Highland return – he previously managed Inverness from 2002 to 2004 before replacing Craig Levein in the Hearts dugout – ended a five-year hiatus from management. He was always intent on getting back in. He just had to find the chair which fitted best.

“I’ve kept myself up to date with training, the sports science stuff and the physio side. I watched everything at Hearts.

“I’d coached Hearts Under-17s, been head of coach education there and worked in the club’s commercial department. So I’d still been in the game, I just hadn’t managed a senior team. I’d had four or five offers to go back into management at part-time clubs but I just felt I was enjoying my role at Hearts. I was learning a completely different side of the game – commercial, retail, health and safety, legacy projects, plus working with sponsors and other partners behind the scenes as an ambassador.

“I had a very safe job there. The only fly in the ointment was the travelling. I would stay with my sister through the week and miss being at home here in Cawdor. I was taken aback when the Inverness job came up and I wasn’t really sure. My wife asked me if I thought I’d regret not taking this job in a year’s time. I said I probably would. She replied: ‘Well there’s your answer. Go and do it.’

“Ann Budge reassured me there would always be an opening for me at Hearts should things not work out. It’s nice to know that in one way, but the whole point of this was for me to go and commit to Inverness and the job up here.

“You get back into it very quickly. I inherited two coaches in Brian Rice and Scott Kellacher, who had been working with the Inverness players for five years. We knew what we needed to do right away.”

Robertson knew exactly what to do. Restructuring after a relegation was a familiar scenario to a man who always follows his heart.

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Hearts have apologised to supporters who missed the unveiling of Tynecastle’s new main stand due to a turnstile problem ahead of last Sunday’s match against Partick Thistle.

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An error with the electronic entry system left hundreds of fans stuck outside the stadium. Although all supporters were seated in time for the delayed 3.15 kick-off, many missed out on pre-match entertainment which included a performance of the ‘The Hearts Song’ by Scott Hutchison, lead singer of Frightened Rabbit, a fireworks display and a speech from chairwoman Ann Budge.

A club statement read: “The club is pleased to confirm that supporters seated in the Gorgie, Wheatfield and Roseburn Stands stands will be able to access the stadium for future games in their usual manner. For example, supporters seated in the Wheatfield Stand will be able to access the stadium through the Gorgie turnstiles, if preferred.

“We apologise profusely for the problems some of our supporters experienced on Sunday, where, due to an initial scanner fault, Gorgie turnstiles would only accept Gorgie Stand tickets, rejecting Roseburn and Wheatfield tickets. This was identified within ten minutes of the turnstiles opening (at 1.45pm) and a fix was fully implemented by 2.25pm. However, this was not appropriately communicated to all stewards and the stewards continued to re-direct supporters, even after the fault had been corrected.

“When this became apparent, the club sought agreement to delay the start the start of the match and happily, we believe, everyone was in the stadium for the start of the game. We know that a large number of fans missed the pre-match entertainment, for which we whole-heartedly apologise.”

Sunday’s clash only went ahead after the new main stand passed final safety checks on the morning of the game.

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Former Hearts striker John Robertson has admitted an executive football role would interest him at some point in future after working closely with the Tynecastle hierarchy.

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Currently managing Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Robertson is just five months into a huge rebuilding job in the Highlands and stressed he is there for the long haul.

However, his previous job at Hearts saw him take a keen interest in the inner workings of a football club. He explained how he gained an insight into all departments during three years in Gorgie doing coaching, commercial and ambassador work. He left in June this year to return to management Inverness CT following their relegation to the SPFL Championship.

Hearts’ former chief operating officer, Scot Gardiner, was helping Robertson learn about the decision-making process at senior level. He also learned from owner Ann Budge, directors and the club’s industrious administrative staff during the last three years.

“Scot was mentoring me to do executive things at Hearts. He had me looking and director aspects, commercial things going forward, learning the administrative side, all the SFA rules, statements, etc,” Robertson told the Evening News.

“Scot would ask my opinion on things and why I thought a certain way. I don’t know if he ever acted on it. He felt I was forward-thinking enough to be able to cope in an executive role at some stage. Whether that ever crossed Ann Budge’s mind, only he and perhaps Ann could answer that. It was just a new route a found quite appealing and something I wasn’t scared of.

“I worked with a great office full of people at Hearts, like Shelly Kay, Dylan Kelly, Graeme Pacitti and so many others. It was fantastic learning about their roles and seeing all the hard work they do behind the scenes with ticketing, catering, commercial activities and everything else.

“People forget, you’ve got that big six or seven-acre [Tynecastle] site which is used once a fortnight for four or five hours. Ann Budge’s mantra was: ‘I need this place working 24/7. I need all the lounges outs, different events on and making sure everything is being done to help make the club a viable business.

“You start to learn all these aspects, like the different little things which can force a game to be called off. I was watching the new main stand developments last week and wondering whether the Partick Thistle game would go ahead. People think as long as seats are in, and toilets and kiosks are ready, that’s it.

“I was having a wee grin to myself because simple things like the PA system failing would cause a postponement. If there’s no PA system, the game is off because you can’t tell the fans to evacuate the stadium in an emergency.

“Scot felt that, if I didn’t want to go back into management or coaching, that was a route I could handle.”

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Hearts and Hibs will be hosting a Black Friday sale with supporters encouraged to grab a bargain online.

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Supporters will be able to grab a bargain on selected lines as part of the sales.

Hibs are offering the first-team training tops, from just £15, with the accompanying shorts starting from only £8.

Casualwear items and t-shrits are also included in the sale.

Hearts have not yet released the items that will be included in their sale but have announced that a host of products will included in their Maroon Friday sale.

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Callum Paterson netted his first goal for Cardiff City on Tuesday evening and celebrated in typically boisterous style.

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The full-back made the move south this past summer after his contract at Hearts ran down, joining the Welsh side for a £375,000 compensation fee.

His late goal away to Barnsley turned out to be the game’s winner and moved his new side into second place in the English Championship table.

He then celebrated in quintessential Paterson style, sprinting away down the line while furiously dabbing before ending it with a belly slide on the turf.

The goal itself was typical of the player’s blood-and-thunder approach to the game, as he launched himself to block a clearance inside the six-yard box and managed to ricochet the ball into the back of the net.

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Hearts have already identified several left-backs they could sign during the January transfer window. Manager Craig Levein has made solving the position his number one priority and has compiled a shortlist of targets.

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With Ashley Smith-Brown injured and Rafal Grzelak out of favour, right-back Michael Smith deputised on the left in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Partick Thistle. Levein admits the area needs urgent attention but knows he must wait almost six weeks before he can make a signing.

“We still need a left-back,” he explained to the Evening News. “That’s one big bugbear we need to fix as quickly as possible. It would give us a little bit more balance. Michael tries to do the job as well as he can but it’s not ideal having a right-back playing in that position. It is what it is at the moment.

“I’m looking at some left-backs just now. It’s one glaring thing that we need to address, but I can’t do anything until the window opens anyway. We’re looking at a number of things.

“Sometimes, availability in January is not that clear. Some of the guys we are looking at have contracts until the end of the season. We’ll just have to wait and see. There are so many variables that I’m not certain about what’s going to happen at the moment.”

Levein praised 19-year-old Jamie Brandon for his impressive performance at right-back against Thistle. The manager was also happy to see centre-back Aaron Hughes and midfielder Arnaud Djoum return from injury.

“Jamie was excellent, Arnaud was excellent, our centre-backs were different class and strolled the game. Nothing caused them any bother,” he stated. “I thought our strikers were okay and I thought David Milinkovic came in and did okay. So there were a number of things I was fairly happy with despite losing a late equaliser. It just seems to be a struggle just now to get points. We just have to fight our way through it. Getting Arnaud and Aaron back in the team has helped. Defensively, we were strong on Sunday. I didn’t feel we were in any danger whatsoever. The attacking side takes a little bit more time to come up to the level required. It just needs people to feel confident.”

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Familiarity does not breed contempt in Edinburgh when it comes to derby matches.

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Drawing Hibs in the Scottish Cup for the third year running gives Hearts the chance to atone for two successive eliminations at the hands of their near neighbours.

For combative midfielder Ross Callachan and his team-mates, the tie is invaluable. Hearts haven’t beaten Hibs in any of their last eight meetings and talk of the Easter Road side becoming the Capital’s dominant team grates heavily across the city. The clubs most recently met in the Premiership last month, when Hibs recorded a 1-0 home win. They come together again in the league on December 27 and then again in the fourth round of the cup on January 20 – both at Tynecastle.

Such is the fervour and depth of rivalry between them that no-one is complaining. For Edinburgh football fans and players, it is impossible to overdose on that derby atmosphere.

“It’s a great cup draw, great for Edinburgh,” said Callachan. “That’s three years in a row, isn’t it? Hearts haven’t done great the last two years in the Scottish Cup against Hibs so this is a good chance to go and rectify that. We lost against them last time as well so it’s an opportunity to make things right.

“Hopefully it’s third time lucky for us. We need to go and do it for the fans. They will be disappointed from the last game so this is a good chance to make up for it.

“The more Edinburgh derbies, the better it is for Scottish football. It’s a great occasion. I played in my first one this season and it was a disappointing day but it was good for my career. I loved it.

“We have one on December 27 first, so we need to get a result there as well. You relish playing in derbies at any club. We can’t wait for these games.”

The feeling within Riccarton is that Hearts have underperformed against their biggest rivals for some time; that they haven’t done themselves justice in what is the most important fixture on their calendar.

“Hearts were dominant for a while, now Hibs have done well and got the results in the last seven or eight games,” said Callachan. “It doesn’t really matter how a team is playing in a derby, you just need to go and win the game.

“We’ve played a lot better than we did in the last derby. I think we’re better as individuals and as a team. It was disappointing that night for myself. I’d be first to hold my hands up. I wasn’t good enough. I can say that with honesty. I think a lot of boys would hold their hands up and admit they weren’t good enough. It just gives us more incentive to go out in the next derby and do better.”

A lifelong Hearts supporter, Callachan had waited since childhood to don the maroon shirt against Hibs. His first taste of the fixture was disappointing following his move from Raith Rovers to Tynecastle in August. “I hate getting beat. I’m a winner and I want to win games. In a derby, it means even more. I know what it means to the fans and it hurt.”

A well-publicised tweet from Hibs midfielder Marvin Bartley afterwards merely compounded Callachan’s feelings. Bartley insinuated Callachan made no impact in midfield against him.

“There’s nothing I can do about that. I see a lot of tweets about myself and other players. That’s up to them,” said the 24-year-old, diplomatically. “They’ve made that decision to go and tweet about me. There’s nothing I can really do about that. I don’t like getting involved on social media. I think it’s pretty pointless, to be honest. I was tagged in it but it didn’t really bother me.”

He insisted he won’t use it as motivation against Bartley next time. “Not really. I’ve played against him a lot so we know each other. He’s decided to tweet about me, which is a bit strange but it’s just one of those things.”

What Callachan and the Hearts players will take with them from the last derby is the sense of dejection felt at full-time. “The boys will still be hurting from that game, and other recent games,” he explained. “We haven’t been as good as what we show in training. We haven’t taken it on to the park on a Saturday. The boys are hurting, which gives you that incentive to go into the next game or the next derby and do better. We know we’re better than what we’ve shown.”

Hearts are without a win in their last four matches, including last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Partick Thistle at the reopening of Tynecastle Park. It was Callachan’s first game in Gorgie with his new club.

“It was a great feeling. I played there with Raith last season but in a Hearts strip I was buzzing. When I walked out I got the fright of my life with the fireworks. I grabbed the mascot in front of me and I think he got a fright as well. The ground was shaking.

“There was a right good atmosphere and the fans were great. Hopefully they keep coming and spur the boys on. We were so close to winning with only five minutes to go, then Partick equalised.”

That was the first of six successive home games, with players noting the need to build momentum. “We’ve got a lot of games coming up at Tynecastle. If we can just get that win and take momentum from it. We need to show a bit of resilience,” said Callachan. “When we go 1-0 up in games, we need to see it out better. If we do that then we’ll pick up more points and climb up the table.

“Sometimes the fans can bring pressure [at home]. If you think of it negatively, it’ll affect you in a negative way. If you think if it as a good thing, it will help your game and spur you on. It makes you do better. I think it does that with me.”

• Hearts players Ross Callachan, Euan Henderson and Jon McLaughlin visited the Save The Children shop on Edinburgh’s Dalry Road to promote Christmas Jumper Day. They took part in a window-dressing challenge at the store to give it a fitting maroon theme. The Save The Children charity has its name emblazoned across the Hearts kit.

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Franz Beckenbauer, Didier Deschamps, Michael Laudrup, Diego Simeone, Carles Puyol. Each one a superstar on the world stage, but none can touch Hearts defender Aaron Hughes for international caps.

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Only when you examine the list of players Hughes has surpassed en route to 109 Northern Ireland caps do you fully appreciate the magnitude of his achievement.

At 38, inside St Jakob Park in Basel a week past Sunday, Hughes became the most-capped defender in the United Kingdom. He beat England’s World Cup-winning captain Bobby Moore’s 108-cap record, and also has more international appearances than Kenny Dalglish, Bobby Charlton and Frank Lampard. He is now just ten short short of Pat Jennings’ Northern Ireland record.

Elimination from the two-legged World Cup play-off by Switzerland left Hughes devastated. Not least because the 1-0 aggregate defeat came down to a rather ridiculous penalty decision in the first leg in Belfast. He is back in Edinburgh and played 90 minutes for Hearts against Partick Thistle on Sunday but is still struggling to accept the fact he won’t be in Russia next summer. The cap record doesn’t temper his disappointment despite the obvious pride.

He will take time to consider his international future over the next few months, mindful that his ageing body can only go on for so long. If he doesn’t feel able to complete the two-year qualification campaign for Euro 2020, he won’t even begin. It will be time to retire, and perhaps reflect on a hugely successful 19-year career representing Northern Ireland.

For now, his head is awash with mixed emotions. “It’s an honour to get that many caps for your country. I’m proud of the fact I’ve been able to get to that number, stick around this long and still be involved,” he told the Evening News.

“I’m obviously very thankful to the manager, Michael O’Neill, for keeping me involved in the latter stages of my career, still seeing something in me that I could bring to the team. Maybe in time, perhaps when I’ve finished playing, I’ll look back and the achievement will shine in a better light. Right now, the feeling of going out of the World Cup is still really raw and that’s put a massive downer on everything. While I’ll probably appreciate it in the future, for now it’s something I haven’t thought a lot about.

“It’s a funny one because everyone keeps coming up to me saying: ‘Congratulations, well done.’ In no way do I feel good, though, just because of the result against Switzerland. It’s all I can think about - how we haven’t got to the World Cup. Every time somebody congratulates me, it takes me a second to process what they’re talking about.”

Hughes is nonetheless aware of the exalted company he now stands beside. “When you’re looking at the names alongside you that you’ve gone past, that maybe makes it more glamorous than it feels. For me, it was always just about playing for Northern Ireland. I wasn’t really looking at who else was around or anything like that. I’m just very honoured at having been able to rack up that many caps.

“It wasn’t like it was a target to get to 109, or something I aimed to do. That was never the plan. It’s just one of those things which has happened. I enjoy playing for Northern Ireland and I wanted to represent my country. The caps have racked up because I’ve managed to stay involved for this long, so that’s got me to this point.”

Whether there is a 110th cap remains to be seen. Hughes is in no rush to make any decision with international football now in storage until the spring. His focus is firmly on staying fit enough to gain a consistent run of games at Hearts. Since arriving in January, his longest sequence in the team has lasted eight games.

The qualification process for Euro 2020 doesn’t begin until next autumn, so the defender has time on his side. “I haven’t decided anything on what I do with Northern Ireland yet,” he explained. “I said to Michael after the game that I need to just take a wee bit of time now and digest what happened. My focus now is on trying to get a run of games here and get my fitness back up.

“I’ll just see how I go. First, I’ll see how my body feels and then mentally I’ll see how I am. At the start of the last campaign, when I came back from Australia, I said it was a big commitment. If I start the next campaign, I’d like to see it through. I don’t want to start it and then see how it goes and maybe drop out halfway through.

“I’ve got to make sure that, if I do make that commitment, my body is willing to do it and mentally I’m able to get through another two years of international football. That’s how I’m looking at it right now. It’s hard to look past the next few months. Last week is still really raw, there’s still so much emotion from it that I haven’t really been able to project forward.

“Being here and looking forward to Sunday’s game against Partick has been the only real distraction from it. I’ll have a think and, if I feel I can do it, then maybe I will. If I feel I can’t, then I won’t.”

Hughes played the full match for Hearts on Sunday following 90 minutes for Northern Ireland in Basel. Having taken an extra couple of weeks to build muscle strength after a persistent calf injury, he is desperate to maintain fitness through the winter.

“I got another 90 minutes so it’s nice to be back. I’d played for Northern Ireland so it’s good to get back playing here, too. It took a wee bit longer this time just to try and get more strength work done. Instead of coming back after three weeks, we took the extra couple of weeks to really make sure I had the best chance of staying fit and getting a few more games.

“That’s the plan now, to get a run of games. I haven’t really had that with Hearts. I’ve taken longer out this time to build up a better fitness base. I wanted a bit more endurance without the risk of a game. That gives me a better chance going forward. I felt good during the week when I was away and it felt good on Sunday. No issues, so hopefully that’s me up and running again.”

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Craig Levein has given an emphatic thumbs-up to a Scottish Cup tie between Hearts and Hibs at Tynecastle for the third successive year.

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Yesterday’s fourth round draw paired the Edinburgh clubs together yet again and Levein is excited about the prospect.

The tie is scheduled to take place on January 20, just over three weeks after Hearts host Hibs in the Premiership.

In seasons 2015/16 and 2016/17, Hibs knocked their city rivals out of the Scottish Cup in fifth-round replays at Easter Road following draws in the original games at Tynecastle. This year they meet one round earlier and Levein hopes Hearts will be in a strong position to gain some revenge.

“I’m looking forward to it, it’s a brilliant draw,” he said. “The cup draws have kept the Edinburgh derbies alive in recent years. From my point of view, it’s a home tie so that’s a big thing. We’re really pleased with that.

“I think we’ll have more players back available and hopefully we’ll have had a few good results by then. Then we can feel a wee bit more confident. There might be a possibility that we’ll have one or two extra players in.

“We’ve got Hibs in the league before then so that just adds a little bit of spice. It’s a massive game for us and the fans will be delighted. Once I saw it was a home tie, I felt even better about it.”

The cup tie will be the first game back after a short winter break for Premiership teams. Levein insisted that doesn’t present any problems. “It’s the same for both teams. There isn’t any advantage for either side so I don’t think that’s an issue for any team,” he added.

• Hearts players will attend the Save The Children store on Edinburgh’s Dalry Road on Tuesday to film a challenge to promote Christmas Jumper Day. Both the club and the charity, whose name adorns the front of Hearts’ shirts, are keen to celebrate their partnership.

Players are expected to be put through a good-natured exercise in keeping with the Christmas Jumper theme.

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Hearts and Hibs have been drawn to meet at Tynecastle in the fourth round of the William Hill Scottish Cup.

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The tie, due to be played on the weekend of January 20-21, will be the third year in succession the Capital rivals have met in the competition with Hibs having prevailed in fifth-round replays in the last two seasons.

There are another two all-Premiership ties, with Motherwell hosting Hamilton in a Lanarkshire derby and Ross County travelling to Kilmarnock.

Highland League outfit Fraserburgh have been rewarded for beating Spartans on Saturday with a dream home clash with Rangers.

Full draw: Dunfermline v Morton; Ayr v Arbroath; Albion Rovers v St Johnstone; Motherwell v Hamilton; Hearts v Hibs; Livingston v Falkirk; Dundee v Inverness; Formartine United v Cove Rangers; Montrose or Queen of the South v Partick Thistle; Celtic v Brechin; Peterhead v Dumbarton; East Fife v Brora Rangers; Alloa v Dundee United; Fraserburgh v Rangers; Aberdeen v St Mirren; Kilmarnock v Ross County.

(Ties to be played weekend of January 20-21)

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The Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) has brushed off calls for a probe into the circumstances surrounding the ‘uncertainty’ ahead of the fixture between Hearts and Partick Thistle this weekend.

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Contractors worked through the night on the new Tynecastle Park main stand in the lead-up to the fixture to ensure the match went ahead as scheduled, with the game getting the green light late on Saturday evening.

Visitors Partick had already expressed their displeasure that the fixture was given the go-ahead ‘so late in the day’, and said they would be contacting the SPFL over an ‘extensive review’ into the situation.

The SPFL issued a statement on Monday afternoon insisting that ‘signs in the run-up to yesterday’s games, as well as the very regular updates we received, all indicated that the match would be able to proceed as scheduled.’

But Partick claimed that the uncertainty had been ‘unfair’ on players, staff and supporters.

READ MORE - Angry Partick boss hits out at SFPL over Tynecastle saga

The statement said that while the club was happy the fixture had gone ahead, they remained ‘deeply unhappy that the decision was left so late in the day,’ and branded it ‘unacceptable’ that there was ‘uncertainty about whether a top flight game would go ahead less than 18 hours before kick-off.’

The Thistle statement continued: “We will be asking [the SPFL] why it was allowed to continue to such a late stage, damaging Scottish football at a time when we are all working hard to attract new fans.”

Jags boss Alan Archibald backed the statement, adding: “It wouldn’t have happened if Rangers were coming, would it?

“Nothing against Hearts, they were desperate to get the game on as well, so were we. The league should have taken a stance on it, made a decision one way or another, gave them a cut-off point and rescheduled it for Wednesday.”

READ MORE - Hearts 1-1 Partick Thistle: New stand but same old story

But Hearts owner Ann Budge hit back at the Maryhill side’s comments, telling Sky Sports that it had been the ‘most stressful week of my life’, adding: “I felt I had a duty to really push it to the wire to try and get this game on.

“Despite what you may have read in the press or wherever, I was in constant touch with Partick Thistle, I have been in daily touch with the SPFL, everyone has known what’s been going on. I’ve been keeping them informed.

“The easy option for me would have been to say on Monday or Wednesday, ‘this is too difficult let’s just postpone the game’. Nobody would have wanted that, Partick Thistle didn’t want that.”

Responding to the calls for a review into the situation, a spokesman for the SPFL said: “It is our policy to ensure that we give every possible opportunity for matches to proceed at their scheduled time.

“That applies in cases of inclement weather, fogbound pitches or, in this situation, to enable building works to be completed.

“We congratulate Hearts on pulling out all the stops to have the stadium ready for yesterday’s game.

READ MORE - New Hearts stand free of creaks but plenty of groans by fans

“We note Partick Thistle’s calls for a review into the events surrounding this game and will be in contact with them in due course to discuss their views.”

A late goal from Kris Doolan ensured a share of the spoils in the first match in front of the new £14 million main stand, after Esmael Goncalves had given the home side the lead on 54 minutes.

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Hearts recorded a £2.3 million profit during the financial year ending June 30, 2017, despite spending £6.9m on stadium redevelopment at Tynecastle Park.

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The Edinburgh club released their accounts to shareholders ahead of their 111th annual general meeting on Tuesday, December 19 (11am), and the figures are positive with turnover increased by £1.3m to £11,255,000.

The £2.3m profit shown in the annual report is mainly attributable to what has been termed an “exceptional donation” of £2.5m from an unnamed benefactor. This was put towards the cost of Tynecastle’s new main stand, which opened on Sunday in time for the 1-1 Ladbrokes Premiership draw with Partick Thistle.

The benefactor is keen to remain anonymous but their injection has proven key to Hearts’ financial prowess over the last 12 months.

The club have also committed to spending a further £5.9m to finish redeveloping their stadium.

Owner Ann Budge has confirmed that the project is expected to run beyond its original estimated budget of £12m. With that in mind, the accounts show that Hearts have secured the facility of a £1.75m bank loan which can be used if necessary to complete the work.

Supporters group Foundation of Hearts contributed £1.5m to the cost of the main stand in the last financial year. By the time the work is finished, that amount will have doubled as the fans continue the growth of their club.

Season ticket sales have again been a vital avenue of revenue for Hearts in the last year, with 14,000 sold last summer and again this summer. Over £4m of their income in the last 12 months came via gate receipts.

Other notes in the accounts detail that the club had more than £5.5m cash at bank and in hand as of June, they received £384,000 from player sales and development fees and spent a total of £454,000 on signing new players.

Their total staff costs currently sit at £5.9m, which includes wages for all 275 employees at Hearts – football and non-football.

The accounts state cashflow projections from directors through to November 2018. These include continued contributions of £125,000 per month from Foundation of Hearts, the additional £1.75m loan mentioned above, plus the realisation of new income and revenue streams from the main stand which is due to be fully operational by next summer.

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After all the excitement about getting our new stand ready in time to stage yesterday’s game against Partick Thistle on, the action itself was an anti-climax as Hearts turned in another underwhelming performance.

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We currently have ourselves a high-class stadium and a hugely devoted fanbase but unfortunately it is clear our team is not yet of a standard to hit the heights our supporters expect.

Up against a limited Partick side, we should have had enough about us to close out victory, but it was quite dispiriting that we weren’t able to do that on such a momentous day. We are going to need to find some improvement in the weeks and months ahead if we wish to fill our wonderful new-look stadium on a regular basis.

I’ve been disappointed to see the club getting criticised in some quarters for the time it took to open the stand. When building a structure of this magnitude, there is always the possibility it will run over an original timeframe. Hearts have dealt with every situation that has arisen and had contingency plans in place for every game they couldn’t stage at Tynecastle.

I’ve got slight sympathy for Partick about the uncertainty in the build-up to yesterday’s game, but I don’t think they needed to issue a statement about it. That was a bit uncalled for.

Hearts have been open and honest about the situation all week, and ultimately they managed to get the game on, as they had indicated they would. Both teams were in the same boat about not knowing for certain whether it would go ahead. Yes, it wasn’t ideal for supporters of both teams that it wasn’t confirmed until Saturday night. But such a situation shouldn’t have been a big deal for players of either team - they should have just been preparing as if it was going to go ahead unless told otherwise.

The redevelopment of Tynecastle has caused nobody any major problems except Hearts because we have been unable to play at home until yesterday.

Hopefully, now that we’re back in Gorgie, we will start seeing an upturn in the weeks and months ahead, although yesterday was something of a false start. It reminded us that, for all the impressive work being done to the stadium, our team is still in need of a good bit of work.

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For 85 minutes, there was no place like home. Then Kris Doolan gatecrashed through the front door and ran off laughing. Hearts’ Tynecastle Park homecoming didn’t quite go to plan as Doolan’s late equaliser for Partick Thistle denied the hosts three much-needed points.

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Owner Ann Budge, her staff and building contractors had worked tirelessly all week to ensure this game went ahead in front of the new main stand in Gorgie. City of Edinburgh Council only signed off its safety certificate on Saturday night, and for most of the afternoon Hearts looked to have done enough to win.

Esmael Goncalves’ 53rd-minute opening goal was a moment of class as he skilfully evaded defenders before angling the ball into the corner of the net. Yet, for the third time in the last four games against Hearts, Doolan found the net.

It was Thistle’s only shot on target, came five minutes from the end, and left Hearts claiming both offside and handball. Pretty galling all round on a day when those in maroon believed they would return to winning form.

“It was a tough game but they had one shot on target, it’s a handball and the guy who challenged for the ball starts offside. He’s clearly offside. I don’t know how the linesman didn’t give it,” said the Tynecastle captain Christophe Berra. He felt one Partick player was offside and then a hand used to nudge a loose ball into Doolan’s path following Blair Spittal’s free-kick.

“It’s bitterly disappointing. You limit a team that usually create chances and play football to one scruffy goal. Three of us said it was handball, although it was difficult for the referee to see it because of all the bodies. That’s football sometimes, you have to take it on the chin and move on.”

Berra was nonetheless relieved simply to be back in familiar surroundings. After four games at BT Murrayfield, having Tynecastle ready was a godsend.

“The facilities will be a lot better than you’ve been used to at Tynecastle,” said Berra. “It makes the atmosphere better and when we get firing on all guns on the pitch, it’s going to be some place. I’ll miss the old stand and the history. People were brought up with it and I made my debut in front of it, but times move on. This is the future. We weren’t always certain to stay here, but we definitely are now.”

If the truth be told, this game was hardly a spectacle to behold. It lacked intensity at times and quality was also low on supply. That said, the young full-back Jamie Brandon delivered his most assured display in maroon so far. He got forward from right-back frequently and distributed the ball well, whilst also defending solidly when required.

Hearts fans left frustrated and a few jeered a full-time. With five more consecutive home games to come, Berra issued a warning to his colleagues. “Tynecastle can be hostile. When you’re winning, it’s great. When you’re not, it’s like any club. The fans aren’t going to be happy. Hearts have got expectations and the fans have got expectations. They have every right to have those and you’ve just got to deal with it. You have to be a certain type of player.

“It’s going to put pressure on us being at home. Hearts are one of the top four clubs in the country and the fans expect you to win. We’ve been chopping and changing but it’s good to have players back. Arnaud Djoum made a difference, and David Milinkovic in the first half.

“Opposition teams will have a different mentality here. They’ll sit in and soak it up. We were on the front foot against Partick in the first half but didn’t create many chances. The proof will be in the pudding regarding how many points we get. At the moment, we’re not the team we were ten years ago. That comes down to finances.

“It’s the same with all the teams – Rangers, Aberdeen, Dundee etc. Finances aren’t there so people go down south now. We still have some really good players, international players, so it’s up to us to put performances in on the pitch.”

The delay which rumbled on all week prompted Thistle to release a pre-match statement criticising Hearts and calling for a review by the Scottish Professional Football League. Berra pointed out the delay affected him and his team-mates as much as anyone as half of Edinburgh held its breath awaiting that safety certificate.

“Everyone was wondering whether it was going to be on. It was the same for both teams and both sets of supporters. Luckily enough the game was on,” said Berra.

“Players will get used to the surroundings. It’s been difficult with 13 or 14 away games. Murrayfield is technically away. There was a different atmosphere at Tynecastle yesterday, even in the build-up. You just have to grind it out and we’ve done that.

“We’ve got 16 points on the board and it’s up to us to take advantage with a run of home games now. We’ve got the right management and the right players in place.”

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Craig Levein criticised referee Andrew Dallas and his officials following Hearts 1-1 draw with Partick Thistle. The Tynecastle manager insisted an offside and a handball were missed as Kris Doolan struck Thistle’s equaliser five minutes from full-time.

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Levein was upset neither of the incidents were spotted by Dallas or his assistants. Hearts were leading 1-0 through Esmael Goncalves’ goal and looked comfortable until Doolan’s sucker-punch.

It brought a sour ending on the day the hosts returned to Tynecastle Park and opened their new main stand.

“I’m frustrated and disappointed, particularly with the officials,” complained Levein, pictured. “The goal is clearly offside and it’s a handball. That frustrates the life out of me after restricting Partick to one shot on target in 90 minutes – and that was the goal.

“One player was offside as the free-kick came in, then as he challenged and the ball dropped he’s punched it. The ball went through to Doolan and he’s scored.

“It’s a clear offside. Even if there are bodies there and the referee and linesman can’t see the handball, it’s offside.

“I thought it would take something like that to beat us because, defensively, we weren’t out of second gear. I was really pleased with that aspect. Unfortunately, I’m ruing the fact that the linesman didn’t do his job properly.”

Levein praised Goncalves’ goal after the Portuguese delivered another quality finish. “I wouldn’t say we were great but there were moments I was pleased with,” continued the manager.

“Isma seems to make a habit of scoring good goals and yesterday’s was another one. He had a good bit of skill on the wing, then came inside and managed to find the bottom corner. I felt good. I felt if we only got one goal that would be enough, but it wasn’t the case.”

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HEARTS fans welcomed “a new era for the club” today as they made their long-awaited return to Tynecastle.

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17,000 loyal and passionate fans of the Edinburgh side were delighted to back after the multi-million-pound revamp of the main stand.

The club have not played at their home ground since July and have had to endure two delays to the opening of the structure, with four league matches switched to BT Murrayfield as workers frantically tried to make the stadium safe for the public.

Supporters were left wondering whether they would be able to attend today’s game all throughout last week after Hearts failed to obtain a safety certificate for their ground, but all the formalities were completed early yesterday morning, allowing the game to take place.

An opening performance by Indie band Frightened Rabbit and a pyrotechnics display added to the atmosphere ahead of kick-off, which was delayed by 15 minutes as huge queues waited to get in at the Wheatfield Stand.

The £12million-plus makeover marks another positive milestone for the club, which was facing going out of business when it went into administration four years ago.

The fans also endured relegation from the Scottish Premiership - a bitter pill to swallow.

But the atmosphere at Tyncastle was electric today, with supporters excited for a bright future following the opening of their new stand.

Stevie Brown said: “I hope this is the start of a new era for the club. Ann has been phenomenal and it is fantastic to see the stand. It will be a great atmosphere. I think the fans have been magnificent and we have a lot to build on for the future.”

Andrew Ness, 38: “It’s fantastic to be back at Tynecastle. The stand looks great and I’m looking forward to the game.”

Julie McInroy, 37, said: “I’m glad to be back. I went to my first game in the South Enclosure back in 1982 and to see this now is unbelievable.”

The Tynecastle club entered administration in June 2013 with debts close to £30m, with most of the money owed to businesses in Lithuania who themselves would undergo insolvency procedures.

Local businesswoman and Hearts supporter Ann Budge agreed a deal with creditors to buy the club a year later and quickly set about restructuring the club.

Stuart Donaldson, 23: “This club has been through a tough time. But there is a new vibe around the place thanks to Ann and the fans are behind what she is trying to do.”

Hearts were unable to make it a winning return to Tynecastle, however, after Partick Thistle snatched a 1-1 draw.

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Hearts reopened Tynecastle Park with a draw against Partick Thistle thanks to substitute Kris Doolan’s late equaliser for the visitors. Esmael Goncalves opened the scoring early in the second half, but Doolan prised an equaliser shortly after climbing off the bench.

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Having only received a safety certificate for their new main stand from City of Edinburgh Council late on Saturday night, Hearts were simply relieved that the game went ahead as planned.

Kick-off was delayed 15 minutes due to lengthy queues outside the Wheatfield Stand, but the new main stand filled up nicely to herald Tynecastle’s new era. This was the first league game in Gorgie since May after Hearts switched matches to BT Murrayfield during the initial building phase.

Partick Thistle released a pre-match statement criticising Hearts over the late decision on staging this game and called for a review from the Scottish Professional Football League.

When the action finally started, both teams set out to attack and Hearts had attempts at goal through Goncalves and Kyle Lafferty. Thistle sought to utilise the pace of striker Miles Storey with quick balls in behind the home defence, which included the fit-again Aaron Hughes. Arnaud Djoum was also back from injury in midfield.

French winger David Milinkovic looked dangerous wide on the Hearts left and managed to cut inside for a couple of shots at the visitors’ goal. Thistle, though, should have moved ahead in the final minute of the first half. Hughes miscontrolled a through ball, allowing Storey to set off for goal. The striker’s left-footed strike rolled wide of target from 18 yards, much to Hughes’ relief.

It was always likely to take a touch of individual brilliance to break the deadlock, and it arrived from Goncalves on 53 minutes. He jinked his way in from the left near the edge of the penalty area using a variety of drags and stepovers to confuse opponents. With space created, he angled a perfect finish across Cerny into the far corner of the net.

The new stand let out its first roar to acclaim a goal which will go down in history. Hearts wanted a second to kill the game and were under orders from the technical area not to sit back. They didn’t, but Thistle nonetheless forced an equaliser with five minutes remaining.

Blair Spittal clipped a free-kick into a crowded penalty area and several bodies attacked it. No-one made clean contact and the ball dropped at the feet of Doolan, who promptly dispatched it into the net to earn his team a point.

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Hearts will run out at Tynecastle Park in front of the new Main Stand for the first time on Sunday after being given the final go-ahead to play Partick Thistle.

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An 8am check on the new main stand produced the safety certificate Hearts needed to stage their Ladbrokes Premiership match against Partick Thistle.

The club wrote on their Twitter account: “Safety checks done....game on! Information on today’s pre-match entertainment to follow shortly.”

The new stand faced a strenuous inspection on Saturday with permission to proceed only rubber-stamped late on Saturday evening by City of Edinburgh Council safety officers.

The noon inspection flagged up work that was required to be carried out before the go-ahead could be confirmed. That arrived after 9pm.

The club’s statement said: “The club is delighted to announce that we have our temporary occupation certificate for the new stand.

“Subject to a final safety check at 8am, the game will kick off at 3pm tomorrow afternoon.

“We thank you all for your patience.”

Hearts were originally meant to open the Main Stand, built at a cost of around £14 million, in September when they welcomed Aberdeen to the capital. That date was revised to 5 November for the clash with Kilmarnock.

However, both fixtures were moved to BT Murrayfield where Hearts have played four times, winning one, drawing one and losing twice.

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The renovation has been beset with issues, namely the debacle surrounding the ordering of the seats. Yet, the club were desperate to get the game on, with work being carried out frantically around the clock.

Once fully completed the stand will include state-of-the-art dressing rooms, media facilities, hospitality suites, a Skyline restaurant and a piazza area outside. That not due for completion until summer 2018, when it is expected to be fully operational on every level.

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Heart of Midlothian are still to make a decision on whether Sunday’s game with Partick Thistle will go ahead.

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• READ MORE: Partick Thistle ‘deeply frustrated’ with Tynecastle uncertainty

The club are continuing to work on the stand in the hope that there won’t be a postponement following a midday inspection by City of Edinburgh Council.

The club tweeted: “The club is continuing to work with Building Control with the aim of hosting tomorrow’s Ladbrokes Premiership match against Partick Thistle. Further updates will follow in due course.”

Fans had their hopes raised when a picture emerged of the coverings being removed from seats.

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Partick Thistle have released a statement expressing their frustration over the uncertainty of their match with Heart of Midlothian.

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• READ MORE: D-Day for Hearts over Tynecastle main stand

The Jags are due to travel through to Edinburgh to face the Gorgie outfit on Sunday in what will be the first fixture of the newly renovated Tynecastle Park.

However, with Hearts still waiting on a safety certificate for the new Main Stand players, fans and staff are unsure whether it will go ahead.

Thistle have said they will reimburse all fans who have bought tickets for Sunday’s game but are unable to make the rearranged fixture if the game is postponed on Saturday afternoon.

It read: “The uncertainty which still surrounds our fixture on Sunday is deeply frustrating for all concerned. We have prepared all week to play on Sunday and that remains very much our focus.

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“We are, however, very aware of the impact this is having on our supporters. We would like to reassure them that, in the event of a postponement, those with tickets will be offered a full refund should they be unable to attend the rearranged fixture.

“We all want the game to go ahead as planned and are hopeful that today’s inspection will confirm that is the case.

“We will communicate the outcome as soon as possible.”

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Edinburgh council safety officers will decide today whether Tynecastle Park can host Hearts’ Ladbrokes Premiership match against Partick Thistle tomorrow.

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Council inspectors will assess the ground’s new £12 million main stand again at 12 this afternoon after failing to award a safety certificate yesterday.

There are still several areas to be ratified before the required paperwork can be signed off by the council. If builders cannot complete the work in time, Hearts will be forced to postpone tomorrow’s fixture.

The club are desperate to stage the match as planned and remain confident it will go ahead. Construction staff worked through the night last night in an attempt to get the stand ready, and Hearts owner Ann Budge is hopeful of a positive verdict.

“I know every Hearts supporter, and indeed every Partick Thistle supporter, is awaiting the announcement that will confirm or otherwise, whether our upcoming game can be played at Tynecastle Park on Sunday, November 19,” she said in a statement last night.

“I cannot, at this time, definitively say ‘yes’ but I can say that every indication points to the game going ahead. Following our meeting with CEC officials this [Friday] morning, there are a few elements of work still to be completed. Our construction management team is very confident that this will be achieved.

“A final visit will take place tomorrow [Saturday] at 12 noon, following which I hope to be able to issue a ‘we are open for business’ message early tomorrow afternoon. However, no guarantees!” Budge added: “Returning again to the fact that this is still a ‘work-in-progress’, I want to stress that the building is, in large part, still a building site.”

Despite several inspections in recent days, the most recent of which was at 9am yesterday morning, the new stand does not yet meet safety regulations.

The council is keen to do everything possible to help Hearts and will make safety officers available up until the 3pm kick-off tomorrow if required. That option – although appealing if it results in the desired go-ahead – carries the obvious risk of a very last-minute call-off. Tynecastle officials would prefer a resolution today to avoid mounting uncertainty tomorrow morning as kick-off nears.

Partick Thistle and the Scottish Professional Football League have been briefed on the situation and lines of communication remain open between all three parties.

Thousands of fans in both Edinburgh and Glasgow are awaiting the outcome.

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ONE of the exhilarating aspects of a visit to Tynecastle these days, is that most of the action and conversation after the game concerns goals, and those who score them.

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Hearts fans have seen their favourites collect 13 in three home games, and their strikers consequently have been elevated to a level beyond criticism.

Manager Alex MacDonald, however, has decided that one of his forwards no longer has a future with a team, which, increasingly, look like potential championship candidates.

He has circulated clubs on the Continent that the Yugoslavian internationalist Husref Musemic is available for transfer, after having been convinced that the Premier Division is too robust for the 28-year-old.

The tall, likeable Musemic has scored four times in six appearances, but clearly will have major problems making his way past the competition.

Scott Crabbe, John Robertson, John Colquhoun, Wayne Foster, and Iain Ferguson possess so much goal threat that the Yugoslav clearly is superfluous.

On Saturday, Crabbe with one goal and one assist, again took the eye while Colquhoun followed up last Saturday’s hat-trick with the vital first strike against Motherwell.

To emphasise that there is promise in other areas of the team, Jimmy Sandison celebrated his recall at full-back with the second goal.

Motherwell competed favourably for an hour, but it was the ability of Hearts to create chances, and to finish them, that Tommy McLean’s players could not emulate.

Oddly, the goals did not come for the Edinburgh team until after Foster was sent off early on, having been cautioned for dissent, and then having lunged at Alistair Maxwell after the goalkeeper had the ball safely in his grasp.

It was a silly lapse by the Englishman. Having been out of the team for much of last season, how long will it be before he returns after suspension, especially with the eager Robertson ready take his place.

Hearts: Smith, McLaren, McKinlay, Levein, Kirkwood, Sandison, Colquhoun, Mackay, Foster, Crabbe, Bannon. Substitutes: Ferguson, Wright.

Motherwell: Maxwell, Griffin, Boyd, Paterson, Philliben, McCart, Russell, O’Neill, Cusack, Arnott, Cooper. Substitutes: Gahagan, Dolan.

Referee: J Renton (Cowdenbeath).

Att: 12035

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Craig Levein confirmed today that former Aberdeen winger Niall McGinn is on Hearts’ radar.

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The Tynecastle manager wants to sign up to five new players in January, but that depends on how many he can ship out.

The priorities are a wide player – possibly two – plus an attacking midfielder, a holding midfielder and a left-back. McGinn is available after terminating his contract with the South Korean club Gwangju.

The 30-year-old Northern Ireland internationalist was wanted by former Hearts head coach Ian Cathro when he left Aberdeen in the summer. However, he headed to East Asia. He failed to settle at Gwangju and started only four matches before severing ties there a few days ago.

Levein admitted McGinn is one of several players he is interested in as he prepares for the January transfer window opening.

“It’s a name that has been mentioned. I’ll need to look at what I can do to create some headroom. There’s loads of stuff going on in the background,” he said.

“There are things I would like to do in January to balance the squad.

“The way I want to play is different from the way Ian did and I don’t think we have the correct balance just now.

“That will have to be addressed, whether it’s in January or at the end of the season. We need a winger or two, we need and attacking midfield player, we need a defensive holding midfield player, we need a 
left-back.

“We need lots of things,” added Levein, who admitted it might not happen in the January window “unless I can get some people out”.

“So I think getting senior players back and getting back to Tynecastle are two massive things for us.”

Levein praised the Hearts owner Ann Budge for supporting Cathro and predecessor Robbie Neilson during recent transfer windows. Whilst building a new main stand at Tynecastle costing more than £12million, she has continued providing funds for new 
players.

“To be fair to Ann, she has been very supportive. You only need to see the amount of players previous managers have been allowed to bring in,” stated Levein.

“She has acknowledged that we need to invest on the playing side.

“We are getting to the point where the stand is nearly open, we still have things to do and the window isn’t open until January. So we have time to have a look and see where we are. Overall she 
has been very supportive.”

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