After an extensive poll of Hearts fans, here are their views ahead of the new season.
Q1 How much are you looking forward to the coming season?
Can’t wait, struggling to sleep 35%
Very much 61%
A little 3%
I’ll be at the shops 1%
Q2 Are you happy with Hearts’ summer signings?
Cautiously optimistic 44%
Slightly disappointed 1%
They’d be better signing me instead 1%
Q3 Who do you think has been Hearts best signing of the summer?
Morgaro Gomis 27%
Ann Budge 21%
Alim Ozturk 21%
Osman Sow 16%
Q4 Who do you think will have most impact on the pitch?
Morgaro Gomis 41%
Osman Sow 24%
Alim Ozturk 11%
Q5 If Hearts could sign one more player this season, who would you like it to be?
Top answer: Rudi Skacel
Q6 Where do you think the team will be strongest this season?
Q7 Where do you think the team needs strengthening most?
Q8 Who is your favourite player?
Callum Paterson 27%
Sam Nicholson 25%
Morgaro Gomis 9%
Q9 Who do you think will be top scorer?
Osman Sow 83%
James Keatings 8%
Soufian El Hassnaoui 3%
Dale Carrick 3%
Q10 Can Hearts achieve promotion at the first attempt?
I think so 67%
Not sure 6%
No chance 1%
Q11 Where do you think Hearts will finish this season?
Fourth or lower 2%
Q12 Which other club do you think will be the biggest threat to Hearts’ promotion chances?
Q13 What do you think of the appointments of Robbie Neilson and Craig Levein?
Brilliant choice 17%
Jury is still out 13%
Not who I wanted 4%
Q14 Do you believe that this year’s Championship will be more exciting than the Premiership?
Not sure 2%
Q15 How many home games to you plan to attend compared to last season?
Not sure yet 9%
Q16 How many away games do you plan to attend compared to last season?
Not sure yet 19%
Q17 Which away ground are you most looking forward to visiting?
Easter Road 30%
Hampden - for a cup final 30%
Stark’s Park 8%
Q18 How important are the cup competitions this season?
Very important 33%
Quite important 28%
Secondary to the league 38%
Couldn’t care less about the cups 1%
Q19 How impressed are you with Hearts’ youth development programme?
Extremely impressed 57%
Cautiously optimistic 39%
Jury is still out 2%
I’m not happy 2%
Q20 What initiatives would you like to see Hearts put in place to attract more fans?
Free tickets for primary school kids 38%
Two-for-one offers 21%
Group offers (buy four tickets & get a fifth free) 13%
Open training sessions 16%
Other 12% (top answer - cheaper tickets)