Tom Rogic has been omitted from Australia's World Cup squad after failing to prove his fitness.
A Hearts supporters' group says it has collected cash pledges from more than 4,000 fans willing to support a fan-backed buy-out of the Tynecastle club.
Hearts boss Gary Locke admits he may have to seek out Rangers manager Ally McCoist for advice on how to cope with the fall-out of a cash crisis.
Hearts midfielder Ryan Stevenson admits victory in the Scottish Communities League Cup final might not be enough to make up for the shame of the club's current league campaign.
John McGlynn yesterday launched a passionate defence of his stewardship of Hearts in the face of mounting criticism from disgruntled supporters.