GARY LOCKE predicted Hearts fans will stand by their team no matter what as the Scottish Premier League prepared to meet today to discuss the Edinburgh club’s fate.
, writes BARRY ANDERSON.
Ukio Bankas Investment Group declaring themselves insolvent could see the SPL deduct points and relegate Hearts for suffering an insolvency event. Their manager believes that the loyal Tynecastle support will remain behind the club even if they are demoted to the First Division. That could only happen if the SPL decide UBIG’s announcement on Thursday in Lithuania constitutes an insolvency event relating to Hearts.
Speaking to the Evening News, Locke stressed he is confident of staying in the SPL next season.
Regardless of the Tynecastle club’s fate, however, he insisted Hearts fans will stand up and be counted.
“I’d just say to the fans that they’ve stuck by the club all season and they’ve been magnificent,” said Locke. “I don’t know what’s going to happen in the next day or two, but one thing I do know is the fans will back this football club whatever happens. You can see that from the support we’ve had all season.
“For myself, the backroom team, the players and everyone behind the scenes, I’d just like to thank our supporters on behalf of everybody at the club. They’ve certainly made this season a little bit easier for us. I get on with the football side of things and we’re working hard to get ready for next season. I’m hoping we’ll have a busy summer and I’m hoping to attract some good players to the club. Hopefully we can finish in a better position than this year.
“Nothing has changed at all from my point of view. We’re building for the SPL next year. It’s been a difficult year this year because we knew we’d have young boys into the team. John McGlynn did that and made a great job of it. Young players bring inconsistent results and that’s why we’re in the league position we’re in. If we can add one or two experienced players in the summer, allied to these talented young boys, hopefully we can do better.”
Locke also praised the numbers who travelled to Pittodrie on Saturday for the 1-1 draw with Aberdeen. “It was important to go over and thank them because we brought a massive support up to Aberdeen. We really appreciate the big support.”
Meanwhile, Jamie MacDonald has won Hearts’ Players Player of the Year. Marius Zaliukas is Fans’ Player of the Year.