Hearts chief executive Andrew McKinlay says the club hope to have an increased Tynecastle crowd for their first cinch Premiership game against Celtic – with only home fans allowed.

2,000 supporters are set to be allowed to attend Premier Sports Cup group stage games, which begin from Friday. Full capacity crowds could return from August 9th, but in the meantime, McKinlay says Hearts will not provide an away allocation for clubs like Celtic ‘unless forced to.’

Hearts will accommodate their own before Celtic and others.

Hearts will accommodate their own before Celtic and others. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

He said (DR): “The up to date position that came out late on Thursday night from the JRG is for the first home game in the Premier Sports Cup and a friendly the following weekend we will have 2,000 fans in attendance. For the second cup game, and the first game of the season against Celtic, we are currently working on the number.

“It seems optimistic to me, but we are being told it will be back to normal from August 9. The agreement in the cup is we’ll all stick to home fans only. We’ve agreed with the other clubs in that section that that’s the right and fairest way to do it. If we’d gone to Peterhead and took our allocation it would be about 15 tickets.

 

“The agreement is we’ll all stick to home fans only. I don’t actually know if that will apply to the first couple of league games or not. We’ve not had those discussions yet and that’s something that will have to be agreed at club or league level.

“Certainly from our perspective, we will not bring any away fans in until we have satisfied our season ticket holders – unless we’re forced to.”

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