Gary Locke welcomes derby financial boost

Gary Locke. Picture: Jane Barlow
Gary Locke. Picture: Jane Barlow
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HEARTS manager Gary Locke believes the League Cup quarter-final tie with Hibs is the draw everyone wanted and stressed it offers an added financial bonus for the Tynecastle club’s administrators.

The draw at Hampden Park yesterday paired the Edinburgh teams for a match which is likely to be screened live by BBC Scotland, ensuring a cash windfall for the clubs.

Further revenue from gate receipts at Easter Road will be most welcomed by Hearts’ administrators BDO, who stated earlier this week that a League Cup run was vital. “I’d have preferred them at Tynecastle but it’s a good draw and it’s great for the club financially as well,” Locke told the Evening News. “I think this will be an added bonus for the administrators. Hibs against Hearts will be pretty much guaranteed to be a full house. I’d imagine BDO will be delighted we’ve got an Edinburgh derby and I think it will probably be on television as well.

“It should generate a bit of money for the club, which can obviously help us through the next few weeks and months.”

Locke added that his young players would relish the chance to play in a derby at Easter Road. “It will be a new experience for a lot of them. I think in the first derby we showed we can handle the occasion. Obviously it’s slightly different when you’re away from home but everybody will be looking forward to it at Hearts and it will be the same at Hibs. It’s a great game to play in.

“The League Cup is very open now. I don’t think anyone expected Morton to go to Parkhead and win so I’m pretty sure every team left in the competition will feel they have a great chance of winning it.”

Meanwhile, Hearts have reached an agreement for record goalscorer John Robertson to continue in a coaching capacity until January, when the situation will be reviewed. “I initially offered my services to help the club through what was a very difficult period,” said Robertson. I want to do what I can to help Heart of Midlothian Football Club and have agreed to keep coaching here until the end of January. I’m really enjoying it and hopefully the players are benefiting from it as well. We will hopefully be in a position to further assess things come the end of January.”