Scottish football: John McGlynn has spoken of his determination to stay focused on football as crunch talks to secure the future of Hearts continue.
The Tynecastle manager spoke out today after it was announced that HMRC had given the 138-year-old Edinburgh club a stay of execution regarding a £450,000 tax bill.
The winding-up order they had issued last week prompted some to suggest that tomorrow’s Scottish Premier League clash with St Mirren could be Hearts’ last.
But with the deadline for payment now extended and talks underway over possible future fan ownership, McGlynn is concentrating firmly on football, especially given that his team are without a win in three SPL games.
He said: “As the football manager I can only look to the next game. We look to win football matches.
“You can’t look too far ahead; it takes the focus off of what is immediately right in front of you.”
McGlynn, who thanked supporters for their backing and investing through the recent share issue scheme, went on to insist that the players and staff had to concentrate on their football.
He added: “That’s my priority because it’s the only thing I can actually control to any extent.
“If you win football matches you can almost accept other things.
“It would make it more happy.”
A good crowd is expected at Tynecastle for Saturday's clash with the Buddies and McGlynn has called on the players to return the fans’ support.
“I would hope this kind of situation has galvanised everyone,” McGlynn said.
“Hopefully it would add more motivation and incentive for the players. We all need to stick together, we all need to get results together.
“We’ve got to do our part on the pitch, with nearly a full house.”