Hearts' financial fears ease

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Hearts goalkeeper Marian Kello admits the players are now more relaxed about the club's financial predicament after a difficult few months - as their recent results would suggest.

Hearts only one won game out of seven immediately after players first experienced significant delays in being paid in October. But they have won four out of the last five games ahead of Saturday's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with St Mirren, and have been given some assurance they will be paid this month, with their latest wages due on Monday.

Kello, who is open to leaving the club this month to help their finances, said: "The situation wasn't easy. Each player was thinking a lot about what to do. All the players were asking questions. At some point we had no answers, but the situation got better and better. The situation settled down a bit and we are more relaxed."

He added: "Finally we got some results recently so it's positive now.

"I think the results talk for us. We have tried to concentrate and do our job and get the best results we can."

Kello admits he had fleeting thoughts of handing in a transfer request.

"The club was in a difficult situation and we knew that," he said. "Obviously I have a contract until the summer so it wasn't a big question for me.

"I had some thoughts, definitely, but it's not that hard.

"For some players, it's more difficult than others. Some players have families and stuff to pay all the time, which is not easy.

"Some players, like myself, live alone and don't have many things to pay. It wasn't that big a problem for me to struggle for the money. But each player is different and has different problems."

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