JACKIE McNAMARA today insisted that Hibs need a strong Hearts in the city and urged the Easter Road club’s supporters not to gloat over their rivals’ demise.
McNamara, who made over 300 appearances for Hibs and served as assistant manager, is still a season-ticket holder.
But he has been disappointed by the reaction to Hearts’ plight from the green and white half of the city.
Many Hibs supporters have revelled in seeing their rivals’ supporters and their club being put through the wringer but McNamara believes that Hibs will suffer if Hearts go under.
He said: “The Hibs fans who are dancing on Hearts’ grave are just being narrow-minded. When we were going through all our problems and Wallace Mercer was talking about merging the two clubs, good Hearts men like John Robertson and Gary Mackay came out and gave us their backing. Hearts need our backing now in just the same way.
“This is about people’s livelihoods – the young players who will be released, the workers behind the scenes, bakers and electricians who’ll be asked to accept eight pence in the pound.”