Hearts will become the latest Premiership club to host Friday night football after the SPFL gave their postponed clash with St Mirren clearance to go ahead in January.

The meeting was originally called off due to the death of the Queen in September and had been re-arranged for December 21.

But, with both clubs enjoying a free weekend in the New Year due to opponents Aberdeen and Celtic playing each other in the League Cup semi-finals, a new date of January 13 has been agreed.

The Tynecastle outfit say they are glad to ‘alleviate a busy festive period’, which would otherwise have seen them play six games in three weeks.

It means the Jambos will follow Hibernian and Aberdeen in hosting top-flight football on a Friday night this term as clubs try to find ways of finding new audiences.

Hibs were able to attract their biggest attendance of home supporters in 33 years in a crowd of 20,010 for their 2-1 defeat to St Johnstone last month, whilst the Easter Road side were defeated 4-1 when Aberdeen staged another Friday night experiment earlier this month.

A Hearts spokesperson said: “In a congested fixture list, there was a rare opportunity to move the match to what we feel will be a more agreeable date for supporters of both clubs to attend.

“From a footballing perspective, it makes perfect sense to alleviate a busy festive period by switching to a free weekend.

“Tynecastle under the lights is always a special occasion and we hope fans will welcome the chance to kick off their weekend on a Friday night in Gorgie.”