HEARTS administrators BDO will cite the mental and physical impact of the club’s transfer embargo on their younger players in a new appeal for the Scottish Professional Football League to lift the sanction.
Bryan Jackson, a senior partner at BDO, is due to hold talks with the SPFL secretary Iain Blair early next week to request that Hearts be allowed to sign more experienced players to prevent damaging their youngsters. It is doubtful whether the SPFL will agree to lift the registration embargo – placed on the Edinburgh club for entering administration – but Jackson will make a concerted attempt.
The Evening News has learned that the appeal will centre around how some youngsters at Riccarton are suffering under the mental burden of playing in a team which is now 19 points adrift at the bottom of the league.
Physically, the demands of playing in the Scottish Premiership are also taking their toll.
Those circumstances will be presented to the SPFL in a second attempt to have the transfer ban lifted in order to protect the Hearts youngsters. BDO first approached the governing body last July, one month after being appointed administrators at Hearts, to ask if the club could be allowed to sign players. That appeal was rejected.
It is understood that no official approach has been made since, but Jackson is keen to speak with SPFL officials again now that Hearts are so far adrift at the bottom of the league with little chance of avoiding relegation.
BDO feel allowing the club to sign new players would ease the strain on the youngsters without posing any threat to other clubs. The rest of the SPFL clubs, particularly those in the bottom half, are unlikely to agree, so it will be down to Blair and SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster whether they wish to relax the league rules.