Hearts will stage their Youth Cup fourth round tie with Inverness at Tynecastle next month as part of a weekend double header against the Highlanders. The clubs meet in the Ladbrokes Premiership in Gorgie on Saturday, December 5, with the Little Big Shot Youth Cup match at the same venue the following day.
It is the first Youth Cup game at Tynecastle since Hearts beat Queen’s Park 3-0 in the 2014 semi-final before losing to Rangers in the final. Admission costs for the match, which kicks off at 1pm and features the clubs’ under-20 squads, will be £5 for adults and £1 for concessions.
Hearts will have the likes of Liam Smith, Sean McKirdy, Robbie Buchanan, Dario Zanatta and Calumn Morrison involved, all of whom have first-team experience. Under-20 coach Liam Fox is eager to see a large crowd turn out to support his young side and expects them to relish playing on the big stage.
“I’m delighted that we’re getting this opportunity to play at Tynecastle, hopefully in front of a big crowd,” he said. “The boys have varying degrees of experience of playing at Tynecastle. Some have featured for the first team, others have played in the East of Scotland Shield win against Hibs, while a few haven’t experienced it all. So it’s kind of a big deal for the Under-20s.
“To get the chance to run out at Tynecastle in front of a home support doesn’t come along too often for the younger players, unless of course they’ve made the breakthrough to the top team. They’ll massively enjoy it, but they know they now need to go out there and put on a really good show. Nobody wants to leave Tynecastle feeling the agony of a defeat in front of your own fans, so there’s that motivation, as well as obviously trying to make it through to the next round of the cup.
“The boys really look forward to the Youth Cup and we’ll prepare properly for it. Inverness will be formidable opponents but we’ll fancy our chances at home. With there being no overage players in this tournament, it’s a chance for the Under-20s to play together and impress. Hopefully the fans will turn out for this double-header and give us the chance to impress them.”