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Hearts needs three capacity fixtures to remain alive

Crisis club Heart of Midlothian have revealed they will need to sell out their next three home matches in order to keep Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs (HMRC) happy.

The Edinburgh outfit needs to raise around £450,000 so they can pay HMRC unpaid tax bills to avoid a winding-up order.

Hearts have urged fans to get on board and help out by coming along to matches at Tynecastle so the club can make a full profit and ease their debts in the bid to simply survive.

A club source told Record Sport that fixtures against St Mirren (November 17), Celtic (November 28) and Aberdeen (December 8) need to be at capacity to help Hearts reach the total they owe.

"The response from our fans has been hugely encouraging but the club remains in serious danger," said the source.

"It seems most supporters are prepared to back us by buying up tickets for forthcoming matches even though there is a risk these matches might never be played. We are very grateful for their help.

"We have around 4000 empty seats on matchdays at Tynecastle and if we can fill them for the next three games then that would generate upwards of a quarter of a million pounds. Obviously, the club needs every penny.

"We've been humbled by the response from places as far flung as Australia, Singapore and Germany. Football fans and ex-pats out there know this club is a Scottish institution. One man even contacted the club today from Germany, an ex-pat who is not even a Hearts fan, saying he wished to send us 100 euros. There have been lots of similar calls and emails.

"We are looking at raising money any way possible and, to that end, we will also be speaking to the SFL about the semi-final tickets (for the Scottish Communities Cup c lash with Hibernian). The sooner we can put them on sale the better as we believe we will take a lot of fans to Easter Road for that match."

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