The return to full houses at top flight stadiums afforded by the easing of recent covid restrictions announced by first minister Nicola Sturgeon will see home fans dominate the attendees when Ange Postecoglou’s men travel to Gorgie in a fortnight’s time.
As they did when Rangers played at Tynecastle on December 12, Hearts will hand out only 1,289 for visiting fans in the 19,852 capacity stadium. It is a fraction of the 4,500 allocation given to the Glasgow clubs prior to the pandemic lockdown on March 2020.
Hearts’ decision is sure to rankle within the Celtic ranks in line with how it was received by Rangers, the Ibrox club then declaring the figure “disappointing” ahead of their 2-1 win at the ground last month. Covid-restricted attendances were in place for the opening game of the season that marked Postecoglou’s league debut at the Celtic helm, with only 4,500 home fans witnessing the 2-1 victory for Robbie Neilson’s men.