Hibs’ League Cup semi-final against St Johnstone could be played at Tynecastle, the Evening News has learned.
The Edinburgh stadium, home of Hibs’ rivals Hearts, is under consideration as the venue for last-four tie to be played on the weekend of January 30/31 next year.
The League Cup semis are not required to be played at Hampden, and in previous years both Tynecastle and Easter Road have been used to host them.
However, both last year’s matches – Aberdeen v Dundee United and Celtic v Rangers – were held at the national stadium in Glasgow.
Hibs played St Johnstone in the League Cup semi-finals back in 2007 at Tynecastle, when they won 3-1 after extra-time in front of a crowd of 16,112. Hibs went on to lift the then CIS Insurance Cup after they defeated Kilmarnock 5-1.
St Johnstone were also involved in a League Cup semi-final at Tynecastle two years ago when they lost 4-0 to Aberdeen.
Tynecastle currently holds 17,529. If selected, it is expected Hibs fans would be housed in three of the four stands – the Main Stand, the Gorgie Road Stand and the Wheatfield Stand – while St Johnstone supporters would be accommodated in the Roseburn Stand in a similar arrangement to the match back in 2007.
Hibs fans’ opinion on the venue of the match has been split down the middle, with some wanting a packed-out atmosphere at Tynecastle, while others wanting a bigger stadium so that as many fans can attend. Hibs would, in all likelihood, receive a maximum of 13,500 tickets for the match if it was held at Tynecastle, while the allocation at Hampden would be in excess of 20,000.
Speaking about a potential venue for the tie in the aftermath of the draw on Monday, Hibs head coach Alan Stubbs said: “I think we’re going to have a substantial following behind us so wherever we go. I think we’d like it to be a stadium that holds quite a large number to accommodate all our fans who will want to go to the game.”
The other semi-final between Ross County and Celtic is expected to be played at Hampden. One of the ties will be broadcast live on television.