HEARTS will receive a cash injection of up to £200,000 from their Scottish Cup fourth round tie with Celtic at Tynecastle. The match is expected to be broadcast live on television which, added to ticket revenue, would amount to another major financial boost for the Edinburgh club.
Administrators BDO are already guaranteed a six-figure sum from Hearts’ progress to the League Cup semi-finals, where they meet Inverness Caledonian Thistle next February. Drawing Celtic at home in the Scottish Cup means more unexpected income, given BDO did not budget for any cup run when they took control of the club in June.
The match is expected to draw a capacity crowd to Tynecastle on the weekend of November 30/December 1. Celtic are the current holders of the trophy after beating Hibs 3-0 in last season’s final at Hampden Park and will bring a sizeable travelling support to the capital.
The Hearts manager Gary Locke acknowledged the difficulty of attempting to oust the league champions, although he feels a trip to Gorgie also represents a dangerous hurdle for Celtic.
“From a financial point of view it is a great draw and will bring in some much-needed revenue,” Locke told the Hearts website. “When you’re in the cup, all you can ask for is a home tie and while it is going to be extremely difficult, it is one we’re all looking forward to.
“I’m sure if you had asked Neil Lennon what would be the most difficult draw for Celtic, he would’ve said Hearts at Tynecastle. It’s another great opportunity for our young players to prove themselves against the top team in Scotland.”
Hearts’ capital rivals Hibs were also handed an awkward tie away to Ross County in one of four all-Premiership matches in the draw.
William Hill Scottish Cup fourth round draw: Falkirk v Rangers; Albion Rovers v Motherwell; Culter or Berwick Rangers v Dumbarton; Clyde v Stranraer or Auchinleck Talbot; Dundee United v Kilmarnock; Queen of the South v St Mirren; Stenhousemuir or Annan Athletic v Fraserburgh; Brechin City v Forfar Athletic; Alloa Athletic v Stirling Albion; Ross County v Hibs; Dundee v Raith Rovers; St Johnstone v Livingston; Partick Thistle v Aberdeen; Hearts v Celtic; Ayr United v Dunfermline; Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Morton (ties to be played on November 30/December 1).