Hearts 1-1 Aberdeen: Story of the cinch Premiership match, as it happened
Hearts welcomed Aberdeen – and a bumper crowd – to Tynecastle in the cinch Premiership top of the table clash.
The Dons were in European action in Azerbaijan on Thursday night and were again on the road, coming to Gorgie this afternoon.
Of course Hearts could go top of the table with a win – but so could Stephen Glass’s side. A draw would also put both joint at the cinch summit, alongside Hibs.
We brought you all the action from the game, kick-off at 3pm.
Hearts v Aberdeen: LIVE
Last updated: Sunday, 22 August, 2021, 16:38
- Hearts 1 (Boyce 55 pen) Aberdeen 1 (Ojo 72)
- Bumper crowd anticipated at Tynecastle
- HEARTS: Gordon, Cochrane, Halkett, Halliday, Souttar, Smith, Baningme, Haring, Ginnelly, Mackay-Steven, Boyce.
Hello and welcome to the Edinburgh Evening News’ live blog from Hearts v Aberdeen at Tynecastle.
Here’s a look at some of the must-read links ahead of kick-off
Michael Smith: 'This Hearts squad is the strongest I've played in but one dip in form and you could be out the door'
It wasn’t so long ago that Michael Smith played in a Hearts team containing Kyle Lafferty, David Milinkovic, Esmael Goncalves, Christophe Berra and Jon McLaughlin.
Hearts winger Gary Mackay-Steven has been nursing an ankle knock this week, while management are waiting to discover if striker Armand Gnanduillet is available to face Aberdeen.
Hearts return to cinch Premiership action on Sunday when they welcome Aberdeen to Tynecastle Park for the first meeting between these sides in more than 600 days.
Aberdeen will be wearing last season’s away strip at Tynecastle due to a clash.
The SPFL regard this season’s red and navy kits too close in colour to Hearts’ maroon shirts so the Dons will be in last season’s white, black and gold shirt.
It’s the big return to Tynie for the Jambos and among the bumper crowd will be a former Hearts man - Davie Wier - now loans manager at Brighton.
The Seagulls have Teddy Jenks on loan at Aberdeen.
It’s kick-off at Tynecastle.
As the fans continue to stream back to Tynecastle there are still big queues to get into the ground at kick-off, but they’re moving quickly.
12 - Save
Craig Gordon denies Lewis Ferguson after good work from Christian Ramirez and build-up from Teddy Jenks.
Johnny Hayes booked for a foul in the build-up to the chance
25 - Corner
Hearts have a corner but it’s been eachy-peachy so far at a busy, busy Tynecastle.