THE SPFL have announced that they intend to review the circumstances which led to Patrick Thistle’s visit to Hearts being uncertain 18 hours before the game was due to kick-off.
Hearts had hoped that the new main stand would be open for business by September after work began in the summer. Although, numerous setbacks led to the Jambos plying their trade at Murrayfield as they looked to complete the work.
A league spokesman confirmed that they would look into the matter after Patrick Thistle released a statement criticising the organisation and the Edinburgh club.
Game Day 🇱🇻 Excited to be heading home to a ground they said would be Tesco, to watch a team they said would die. Yet it's down at Tynecastle they bide 💜 pic.twitter.com/viEZdNDH1h
— Alan Meikle (@AlanMeikle) November 19, 2017
“It is our policy to ensure that we give every possible opportunity for matches to proceed at their scheduled time.
“That applies in cases of inclement weather, fogbound pitches or, in this situation, to enable building works to be completed.
“Signs in the run-up to yesterday’s game, as well as the very regular updates we received, all indicated that the match would be able to proceed as scheduled.”
Thistle recovered from a goal down to level the match at 1-1 in the opening event of the new stand. The SPF: continued by showing their gratitude for the patience of the fans and the determination of the Hearts board to get the work done of their new ground.
“We are grateful for the patience and understanding shown by both sets of fans, as well as by the players and officials of each club. We congratulate Hearts on pulling out all the stops to have the stadium ready for yesterday’s game.
“A congested fixture schedule always presents a challenge so we will always do what we can to avoid the need to squeeze more matches into an already busy calendar.
“We note Partick Thistle’s calls for a review into the events surrounding this game and will be in contact with them in due course to discuss their views.”
The league were noticeable relieved when the fixture went ahead as any potential headache with fixtures would’ve been costly; however, they complimented the new stand at Tynecastle Park which saved the blushes of the Hearts board and SPFL by passing the safety inspections hours before kick-off.
“The new Tynecastle stand represents a very significant investment by Hearts and is an extremely welcome addition to the game in Scotland.”