Peterhead 0 - 2 Hearts RECAP: Robbie Neilson's men begin season with confident win
Before the Tynecastle club can return to top-flight action after a longer than usual pre-season, they enter the group stages of the Premier Sports Cup.
For the second time in four years, Hearts make the trip north to face Peterhead at Balmoor Stadium before fixtures against Cove Rangers, Stirling Albion and Inverness CT.
Neilson has so far added one player to last season’s squad with the arrival of Alex Cochrane, while Josh Ginnelly has signed a permanent deal. There could be roles for both Loic Damour, who didn’t feature during the Championship-winning campaign, and Jordan Roberts, who spent the second half of the season on loan at Motherwell.
We will have live coverage of the match, from updates to analysis and reaction, throughout the afternoon.
Peterhead v Hearts LIVE: Updates, analysis and reaction
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Hello and welcome back for season 2021/22 with live coverage of Hearts’ first match of the campaign against Peterhead at Balmoor.
Robbie Neilson’s men last played 71 days ago - a 4-0 win over Raith Rovers - and this will be the first of four Premier Sports Cup group matches ahead of the start of the league season.
We will have match updates, analysis and reaction throughout the afternoon.