Hearts fans have heaped praise on skipper Steven Naismith, who has confirmed he is temporarily halving his wages.

The Jambos are one of 42 teams without matchday income at the moment, with the Covid-19 pandemic forcing the suspension of football in Scotland and many other parts of the world.

Football will be on the backburner for months potentially, and clubs are undoubtedly set for some tough times ahead financially.

Naismith will halve his wages (Photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Hearts owner Ann Budge recently made the decision to ask full-time employees at Tynecastle to take a 50% wage cut starting April, in a bid to help the club sustain itself.

Naismith is thought to be among the top earners at the club, but released a statement last night to explain he is happy to halve his wages at this testing time.

It reads: “My family and I feel that, through a long career, football has been very good to us.

“Therefore, I personally feel that I can and should accept the 50% reduction in wages.

The 33-year-old is one of the club’s top earners (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“I hope this can contribute in some way to the long-term survival of the club at a challenging time and save jobs, especially those that are the lowest earners and hence those who will be struggling the most at this time.”

Naismith’s decision comes hot on the heels of the news that manager Daniel Stendel is now working for free in a bid to help protect jobs.

Hearts fans react

Naismith deserves credit for doing his bit to help the club during this uncertain time and his statement of commitment to Hearts prompted a lot of positive comments from Jambos fans online:

 
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