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‘Everybody is working flat out to get the place ready’: Hearts boss Craig Levein hopes team will return to Tynecastle for November 5

Hearts manager Craig Levein speaks to the press ahead of his side's game against St Johnstone (SNS)
Hearts manager Craig Levein speaks to the press ahead of his side's game against St Johnstone (SNS)

 

CRAIG Levein hopes Hearts remain on track for their Tynecastle return but admits Gorgie chiefs have drawn up a Plan B if building work on their new stand runs over again.

The Jambos plan to unveil their newly-built £12million structure when they host Kilmarnock on November 5.

But the completion date has already been put back once before, forcing the club to stage three home games at BT Murryafield – including Saturday’s clash with St Johnstone.

And now boss Levein has revealed owner Ann Budge has put contingency measures in place in case of further delays.

He said: “Ann is determined to get the Kilmarnock game on at Tynecastle and when she’s determined about something it usually happens.

“Everybody is working flat out to get the place ready. And remember we don’t need the place to be finished, we just need it ready to put a game on, so I’m hopeful.

“There is a Plan B but I haven’t been party to those discussions yet. I believe Murrayfield is an option.”

Meanwhile, Levein says he has no plans to re-open contract talks with Jamie Walker any time soon.

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The winger knocked back Hearts’ offer of an improved deal earlier this year and could leave for free when his current agreement expires next summer.

Rangers are keeping tabs on the 24-year-old after missing out on him before last month’s transfer deadline but with Walker back in form after netting last week against Ross County, Levein is comfortable with the status quo.

“It’s been difficult for Jamie with all the things going on around him and I understand and appreciate that,” said the Jambos manager.

“But once the window closed there was a change to his mindset and that has helped him.

“He’s done everything I’ve asked of him. His numbers that we get from the GPS stuff are excellent – as good as they’ve ever been. I just want him to keep that going.

“I can’t say anything else but good things about him since I’ve taken over.

“I’ve not even approached [his contract situation], though. Right now I’m focusing on making sure we’re resilient and hard to beat, and from there that we can pick up points and progress up the league.

“Everything else is secondary. I don’t feel the need to do anything on that front now. Jamie’s in a good place and as long as he stays in that good place I’m happy just to see what happens.”