Gary Mackay has warned Hearts fans that their side is in real danger of being relegated.
With 642 appearances for the club no-one has played more games for the Tynecastle side than Mackay with the current plight causing alarm.
Despite being a former team-mate of Craig Levein, he didn’t hide behind the old pal’s act as he called out the team and manager after a disastrous start to the season.
A derby day win and reaching the semi-finals of the League Cup papered over some of the cracks but with Christmas approaching Hearts are joint bottom of the SPFL with Hamilton after enjoying just one win from eight home matches.
The BBC Scotland website reports:
“Absolutely,” Mackay told Sportsound when asked if Hearts looked like a side that could go down.
“I think this week is pivotal. If we go into the Christmas period after the two games we have sitting bottom of the [Premiership], which in reality could happen, then there will have to be a lot of soul searching done by everybody within the football department and boardroom.”
After facing Celtic tonight Hearts travel to Hamilton on Saturday before completing 2019 by taking on Hibs and Aberdeen.
There was no sign of a new manager bounce when they lost 1-0 at home to St Johnstone on Saturday with Daniel Stendel having to pick his side up to face Celtic looking for their ninth successive win in the SPFL Premiership.