Hearts heading for eighth sell-out in row

Hearts fans have been packing out Tynecastle this season. Pic: Ian Georgeson
Hearts fans have been packing out Tynecastle this season. Pic: Ian Georgeson
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Hearts are heading for an eighth consecutive league sell-out at Tynecastle this weekend for the first time in nine years.

Fans are clamouring for tickets for the visit of Dundee as Robbie Neilson’s side sit second in the table, 14 games into their first season back in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

Last time eight successive sell-outs were recorded at Tynecastle was season 2006/07, a campaign in which every Hearts home match sold out.

The stadium will again be full to capacity on Saturday and Hearts believe fans’ backing is inspiring the team’s prowess.

“The club is delighted to continuously receive such a phenomenal backing from the Hearts support,” said a club spokesperson. “It is good news not just for Heart of Midlothian, but for football in Scotland, that the club heads towards its eighth consecutive home league sell out on Saturday against Dundee.

“Robbie Neilson and his players have made a great start to the season, and playing in front of over 16,000 Hearts fans at every home game has undoubtedly helped inspire the team to reach second place in the league table.”

Neilson is confident winger Sam Nicholson will be fit for the match after a hamstring problem.

He sat out Scotland’s European Under-21 Championship qualifier against Ukraine last Friday because of tightness in the area but has shown in improvement this week.

“Sam had a little tweak on his hamstring in our previous game against Hamilton and he went away with Scotland Under-21s but he was still feeling it.

“Scotland were good in the sense that they didn’t push him too much and let him sit out the match, but I expect him to be fit for Saturday.”

Neilson explained that swapping surfaces regularly because of weather can lead to niggling injuries.

“It’s that time of year where pitches are soft and you’re going between astro and grass to try and train. It takes its toll a bit but Sam’s injury is nothing major. The astro is top-of-the-range but when you go from one surface to the other a lot, you’re going from a hard astro surface to a soft and sodden grass pitch. You need to try and manage that.”