Hearts captain Steven Naismith plus Craig Levein and Austin MacPhee have come in for praise from Chris Sutton.

Jambos owner Ann Budge has cut wages by 50% as the financial impact of the football shutdown takes its toll. Skipper Naismith has agreed to this proposal as have former manager and assistant Levein and MacPhee.

Naismith has cut his wages. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The pair remain on the Hearts payroll despite being dismissed from their former roles in 2019. Sutton believes all three Hearts men deserve credit for their decision whilst acknowledging why it’s harder for some players.

“Steven Naismith, I take my hat off to him for coming out and saying he would take a 50% wage-cut,” Sutton said on BT Sport. “As I do Craig Levein and Austin MacPhee.

“They have made sacrifices. But it it’s not as simple as that with players who are on lesser money. They have their own situation and family’s situation to look after. I don’t think we can judge and jury on this one.”

Helping out

The three Hearts men have did their bit to help out the club in their time of need. That’s on top of manager Daniel Stendel working for free and assistant Jorge Sievers also taking a cut.

Sievers has cut his wages. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

Clevid Dikamona has also terminated his contract at Tynecastle in order to free up funds for the Gorgie club. It seems as if plenty at Hearts are buying into the cuts in order to sustain themselves long-term.

Hearts’ deduction may be the most high profile in Scottish football currently, but rest assured, they won’t be the only ones faced with tough decisions in the coming months.

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