VLADIMIR ROMANOV, below, is planning to attend the historic all-Edinburgh William Hill Scottish Cup final between Hearts and Hibs at Hampden Park next month, the Evening News can reveal.
Tynecastle’s majority shareholder is currently reorganising his diary to enable him to travel to Scotland for the season’s showpiece finale on May 19. He sent a message of congratulations to the Hearts squad following their defeat of Celtic, which set up the first final between the Capital clubs since 1896.
Romanov’s last appearance at a Hearts match was last August when he took a seat in the directors’ box at Tynecastle for the Europa League tie against Hungarian club Paksi.
“He is definitely very willing to come to Scotland and he is making arrangements to allow him to be at the game. I hope we will be able to see him. He is very excited,” said Sergejus Fedotovas, a Hearts director and Romanov’s right-hand man in Lithuania.
“Every supporter of Hearts would want to bring as many people with them to enjoy this game and I think Mr Romanov is no different. But I don’t know his travel plans at the moment. All I know is that he is still planning his travel.”
Meanwhile, Hearts’ Moroccan midfielder Mehdi Taouil has stepped up his recovery from a back injury in the hope of being fit for the final. The 28-year-old has resumed training having been absent since last month’s win over Hibs at Tynecastle.
“We are recovering injured players,” said Paulo Sergio, the Hearts manager. “Mehdi Taouil worked with us last week so that scenario is better than a few weeks ago.”