Hearts to play Manchester City at Tynecastle

Samir Nasri is set to play at Tynecastle
Samir Nasri is set to play at Tynecastle
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HEARTS have arranged a glamour pre-season friendly with English Premier League champions Manchester City to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Tynecastle’s main stand.

The game will take place on Friday, July 18, with an open training session involving both teams inside the stadium the previous night.

Supporters will get free admission to the training session, whilst tickets for the match itself will cost £25 for adults and £15 for concessions. City are expected to include well-known international players like Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov in their squad for the trip north, which also sees them face Paul Hartley’s Dundee at Dens Park on Sunday, July 13.

A Hearts spokesperson told the club’s website: “We are proud to announce that we will be playing English Premier League champions Manchester City at Tynecastle on July 18. The Main Stand, which is an iconic landmark in British football, celebrates its centenary this year and what better way to mark the milestone than with a glamour friendly against one of the world’s top club sides.

“City will be bringing a strong squad to Edinburgh, with the likes of French internationalists Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy and Serbian star Aleksandar Kolarov all scheduled to make the trip. While recognising the past, the match will also see Hearts welcome the future.

“The game will be the first one at Tynecastle under new ownership, it will be head coach Robbie Neilson’s first home game in charge, while the team will be wearing the stunning new home kit for the first time.

“It promises to be a tremendous occasion under the floodlights and hopefully as many fans as possible can make it along for a very special night.”

Ferran Soriano, chief executive at Manchester City, said: “Manchester City are honoured to join with Hearts FC as they celebrate the centenary of their main stand at Tynecastle Stadium.

“Pre-season games are very important for the team’s training, but also give a special opportunity to bring City closer to fans wherever they are in the world.

“Edinburgh shares with Manchester a tradition of great footballing rivalry and we look forward to seeing the fans’ passion first hand.”