RANGERS and Hearts are the second and third placed teams in the cinch Premiership – but the clash of the two WON’T be shown live.
Sky Sports has overlooked next week’s top tier tussle and opted not to include the game at Tynecastle among the 48 live TV matches.
Antonio Colak was on target on his last visit to Tynecastle and went close with an acrobatic effort when the sides met at Ibrox.[/caption]
James Tavernier and Alan Forrest will lock horns again.[/caption]
The broadcaster’s decision risks a BLACKOUT for fans at one of the biggest games of the season.
Space is at a premium for the game with Hearts only releasing a ‘very limited’ number of tickets for the packed ground in Gorgie this afternoon.
The stadium is expected to be at – or very close to – its 19,852 capacity for the match under the floodlights.
But there is a way those who don’t have the required loyalty points CAN still see Michael Beale and Robbie Neilson’s sides lock horns.
The Jambos have announced the game WILL be available on club TV and can be bought pay-per-view, and crucially without a geo-restriction.
That means viewers INSIDE the UK and Ireland can tune in, as well as overseas supporters.
Kick off in Edinburgh is 7.45pm and the coverage will begin half and hour before the start-time and streamed live on February 1 for those who stump up the £12.99 log-in fee.
By that stage the transfer window will have closed and both squads will be settled for the remainder of the season.
Robbie Neilson has done his business early in the window with Michael Beale expected to have a busy final week.
The Jambos have recruited Yutaro Oda from Vissel Kobe in the J-League and added loands for James Hill and Garang Kuol.
Rangers meanwhile have finally announced the capture of Todd Cantwell from Norwich City.
A move for Nicolas Raskin is also close and expected to be completed shortly while ex-Gers defender Alan Hutton “would be surprised” if a deal for Morgan Whittaker wasn’t complete by Tuesday night’s cut-off point.
The Gers have allowed Northern Irish midfielder Charlie McCann to leave and join Forest Green Rovers for £350,000.