Hearts fans call for trophy boycott with Tynecastle date set for Championship presentation

Hearts fans are calling for the club to boycott the Championship trophy presentation and “#leaveitonthestand”.

Monday, 12th April 2021, 8:21 am
Some Hearts fans are calling on the club to leave the Championship trophy on the stand. Picture: SNS

The Tynecastle club were crowned second tier champions on Saturday after both Raith Rovers and Dundee dropped points following the 6-0 win over Alloa Athletic on Friday night for Robbie Neilson’s men.

Hearts have three games remaining in the league with their next fixture not until a week on Tuesday when they travel to Cappielow to face Greenock Morton. That is followed by the final home match of the campaign against Inverness CT before rounding off the season with a trip to Kirkcaldy to play Raith Rovers.

The match with the Highlanders in Gorgie is set to be trophy day, according to the Daily Record, with both BBC and Sky Sports keen to show the celebrations in front of an empty Tynecastle Park.

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However, that could change depending on how Neil McCann’s men get on in their Scottish Cup tie with St Mirren which is scheduled to take place on Saturday.

An Inverness win would mean the Hearts game will be moved due to the Scottish Cup quarter-finals.

If they don’t progress Saturday, April 24 will be the day the Championship winners lift the trophy.

However, there have been calls from a section of Hearts fans on social media for the team to #leaveitonthestand.

Many believe it would be a message to the SPFL regarding how the club found itself in the Championship following the resolution to end the 2019/20 campaign and the rigmarole which surrounded it and the controversial Dundee vote.

Confirmation of becoming champions and a return to the Premiership was understated from the club with the picture posted on Twitter which simply read: “Champions - 20/21 Scottish Championship winners”.

Celebrations from the club were expected to be low key and speaking prior to the Raith Rovers and Dundee results, centre-back John Souttar revealed there would not be “massive celebrations”.

“It will be 'job done, we are back where we belong'," he said.

“There will be celebrations next season if we can win a cup or get into the top three/four, not winning the Championship.”

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