Alex Salmond pushes for Hearts progress

First Minister Alex Salmond says he has had helpful conversations with the Lithuanian ambassador over the future of Hearts. Pic: Phil Wilkinson

First Minister Alex Salmond says he has had helpful conversations with the Lithuanian ambassador over the future of Hearts. Pic: Phil Wilkinson

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FIRST Minister Alex Salmond has had “helpful conversations” with the Lithuanian ambassador in a bid to help progress on talks surrounding the future of Hearts.

Hearts’ administrators are waiting anxiously to learn if the Ukio Bankas creditors’ meeting will go ahead later this week.

After successfully securing the transfer of Ubig’s 50 per cent shareholding in the club last week, the club just need a positive vote on the transfer of Ukio’s 29.5 per cent shareholding in order to emerge from administration.

A life-long Hearts supporter, Mr Salmond was asked to intervene by the administrators at Hearts.

He said: “At the bequest of the Hearts administrators I phoned the Lithuanian ambassador to try and facilitate the important moves that are being made.

“I should say, I’m a Hearts supporter, I declare an interest, but I have made the same approaches when necessary with other football clubs in Scotland who have been similarly struggling.

“I would always do that as First Minister because it’s part of the First Ministerial role to help Scottish Football and help Scottish clubs when you can, and I’m sure that everyone in Scottish football, which ever team they support, wants to see Hearts back fighting fit, and part of the firmament of our national game.

“They were helpful conversations and progress has been made. Of course, the people behind the eight ball here are the administrators, and like every other fan in the country I’m hoping to see more progress made. However, we know progress has been made and we’re hoping that things will reach a successful conclusion.”