At the moment fans are still seemingly a long way back from returning to Scottish football grounds on a regular basis. So far this season, small numbers of fans have been limited to clubs like Elgin City, Ross County and Inverness.

For the vast majority of clubs though, the wait goes on for even a limited number of fans to return to their stadium. One club that applies to is Hearts. Tynecastle has been empty this season, and that is a real shame for the Edinburgh club.

Full stadium would have benefited promotion push

You would imagine that a full Tynecastle would have been a huge benefit to Hearts in their battle to win promotion back to the Premiership.

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Michael Smith hopes fans are back in stadiums soon (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

One Hearts player that hopes to see fans back at the club sooner rather than later is Michael Smith. Smith hopes that fans return sooner rather than later, and feels that it would benefit everyone at the club if this was the case.

“A lot of reasons”

“It’s important that sooner rather than later, we get fans back into football grounds. For a lot of reasons; financially, everyone’s wellbeing, atmosphere and things like that” he said (Edinburgh Live).

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Michael Smith in action for Hearts (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Smith hopes that the development of numerous vaccines will help speed up the process of supporters making their return to football grounds. He also disclosed that Hearts have as yet had no issues with Covid-19 and has praised his team-mates for their role in that.

“It’s been a real eye-opener this year but hopefully with the vaccine coming out now, we’ll get all that sorted pretty soon. We’ve luckily had no cases throughout the squad yet. Everyone’s very professional to have kept it like that”

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