HEARTS owner Ann Budge’s hopes for a 14-14-14 league reconstruction plan are over, according to a report in the Scottish Sun.

SPFL clubs have now been given until noon on Tuesday to respond to the Tynecastle proposal.

However, Forfar have become the sixth club from Leagues One and Two to publicly reject it.

Budge would need the support of at least 15 out of 20 lower league clubs – meaning it definitely won’t go to a vote.

Cowdenbeath, Cove Rangers, Peterhead, Elgin City and Clyde previously announced they were against the changes.

Championship clubs are also expected to block the attempt from the Edinburgh club’s supremo which means Hearts’ last chance of avoiding the drop out of the Premiership have gone.

Looking to the new season, the Gorgie outfit and city neighbours Hibs could play at Murrayfield after both clubs were offered the use of the home of rugby to host their matches.

The capital’s double-act face vastly-reduced crowds whenever fans are allowed back into the ground due to the Scottish Government’ strict social-distancing guidelines.

Murrayfield has a capacity in excess of 67,000 making it over three times the size of Tynecastle and Easter Road, both able to hold just over 20,000.

Hearts have used the rugby stadium in the past, playing four times in the 2017/18 season while refurbishment works took place at Tynecastle.

The SRU have suggested the national stadium can be a perfect venue to host both football and rugby when fans are eventually allowed back into grounds.

The Premiership season is due to kick off on August 1 with most clubs’ players returning to training next week.

The SPFL have still to announce commencement dates for the Championship and Leagues One and Two.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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