BY ALAN TEMPLE – @CCP_Sport
Hearts have sold almost 12,000 tickets for next month’s Edinburgh derby against Hibernian following a record-breaking rush among Jambos.
The Gorgie outfit broke the 10,000 barrier within 12 hours of the briefs going on sale to season ticket holders on Monday morning.
The club admitted they were “blown away” by demand, which surpassed the first-day sales for Europa League clashes against Tottenham and Liverpool – and even the Scottish Cup final against Hibs in 2012.
Brisk sales continued yesterday ahead of the Scottish Cup fifth round tie on February 7th and, with Hibs fans also in buoyant mood ahead of the fixture, a complete sell-out is a certainty for the only Edinburgh derby of the season.
A Hearts spokesperson said: “We knew there would be a high demand for this game but the reaction has blown us away.
“We have now sold out 11 home league games in a row this season, and it looks like this William Hill Scottish Cup Fifth Round match will be yet another sell out to add to the already lengthy list.”
Hibernian have confirmed they expect to release ticket information for the away section later this week, with availability set to be dependent on loyalty points.