Hearts finances won’t be hit by Rangers absence

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Robbie Neilson admits Hearts are unfazed about Rangers’ absence from next season’s Premiership because they hope Tynecastle will be full regardless.

The club’s head coach would like Rangers and Hibs back in the top flight for football reasons but said it mattered little to Hearts financially.

Season ticket sales are going strong and reached the 10,000 mark on Friday as the Edinburgh club try to cram as many home fans into the stadium as possible. Away allocations will be reduced to around 1400 next season to accommodate home season ticket holders in the Roseburn Stand for the first time.

Neilson explained that seeing Rangers and Hibs fail to win promotion through the play-offs was disappointing for Scotland’s top flight. In terms of money, he is convinced that the backing of 14,000 to 15,000 Hearts supporters at home games will more than make up for their absence.

“To be honest, I’d say it’s six and half-a-dozen for us,” he told the Evening News. “From a financial point of view, with the way season ticket sales are going, we don’t really need them for the two home games. We will probably sell the place out anyway next season. From that aspect, it’s not a huge issue for us.

“Everyone wants to see Rangers and Hibs back in the top flight because it adds prestige to the league. Whether it’s next season or the season after or whenever, they will eventually get back up there. In the meantime, we just need to look after ourselves.”