Gary LOCKE has urged Hearts fans to pack out Tynecastle and turn tomorrow’s match with Ross County into a celebration of the club’s survival.
The manager has been euphoric since learning on Wednesday that his beloved Jambos are now on the brink of exiting administration.
And he is hoping supporters turn out in their droves so everyone connected with the club can savour the good news together.
“It certainly gave me a lift when I heard the news on Wednesday and there was a wee spring in the step of all the Hearts fans I know so it would be great if we could get close to a full house on Saturday,” said the manager.
“It would be a great opportunity for myself, my backroom staff and the players to show the fans how much we appreciate them and all the support they’ve given us throughout the season.”
Meanwhile, Locke is hopeful of having his future resolved in the next month or so following this week’s positive developments.
The manager’s contract is due to expire at the end of the season and one of the first decisions facing owner-in-waiting Ann Budge will be whether or not to keep the 38-year-old in the hotseat.
“I’ve worked hard and I’ve tried to do the very best I can for Hearts,” said Locke. “But it’s not about Gary Locke. It’s been about the survival of this great football club. We are on the right road for that happening and whatever happens with myself will happen, probably over the next couple of weeks. So we will wait and see.
“But I’m a Hearts fan and I’m no different to any other – all I’ve ever been concerned about is Hearts surviving. I’m delighted that’s happening and hopefully now we can get things moving.”