Tight for time at Tynecastle

Hearts are to be given as much time as possible to get their main stand ready for Sundays game with Partick Thistle.  A number of issues are stopping the club being awarded their safety certification.

Workers have been increasing the pace of the work, with construction continuing through the night; seats still needing to be installed, and cladding to be finished.

According to the Edinburgh Evening News, The Council’s Culture & Communities Convener, Coucillor Donald Wilson said: “Public safety is quite rightly our primary concern, as it is for Hearts, and the Council is doing all it can to help the club reopen Tynecastle in time for Sunday’s match. Further inspections are planned for today and later in the week, if required.”

Hearts have been in contact with the SPFL and are trying to secure a date for the game should it need to be postponed. Partick Thistle are thought to be open to the possible postponement.

A decision will not be made until late on Sunday. However, fans travelling to the game will be expecting an announcement sooner.

The club website reported on Monday that the lights and clubs emblem had been lit for the first time on the outside of the new stand, which will increase the stadiums capacity by 20,000. The club is continuing to sell tickets for the game on their website.

Hearts have previously been playing their home games at Murryfield, however due to the Scotland rugby internationals this is no longer possible which has caused the situation.