McGlynn bullish despite struggles
John McGlynn is confident Hearts can challenge at the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League despite a tumultuous season at Tynecastle.
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More than £800,000 has been raised by the share issue scheme launched in October and although that is short of the £1.79million target and a £1m shortfall could result, immediate fears have been allayed.
Director Sergejus Fedotovas has warned of tough times ahead, but McGlynn remains optimistic of on-field success.
Eighth-placed Hearts responded from the loss at Hibernian which saw them fall at the first hurdle in defence of the William Hill Scottish Cup with a 2-0 defeat of Aberdeen and McGlynn now hopes for another victory at St Johnstone on Saturday.
"If we can win on Saturday against St Johnstone we would go above them on goal difference and be in a very positive position," he said.
"We've got a semi-final of the league cup to look forward to in January. That would be a big plus for us, and we still believe we can finish as high as any of the other teams (in the league).
"We're still not that far away from teams that have been going on 10-game unbeaten runs and all the rest of it.
"We've picked up enough points to be within two or three victories of these teams and I believe we can do that."
Hearts are enduring a myriad of financial difficulties this term and last month players deferred their wages.
Those deferrals were settled last week as November wages were paid in full, while McGlynn anticipates December's salaries will be settled on Friday.
"We've been told the wages will get paid tomorrow, Friday," he said.
"It's good. The less hassle the players have got the better, because it keeps them very, very focused.
"They'll all be wanting a good Christmas, so it's nice to know they're going to get their wages on time."
The honouring of salaries could mean the club's transfer embargo will be lifted when it ends on December 23, 60 days after it was implemented by the Scottish Premier League for delayed payment of player wages.
McGlynn and director of football John Murray have been scouting for talent, while Lithuanian striker Arturas Rimkevicius has joined on trial with a view to a January move.
McGlynn said: "He trained with us on Tuesday. He looks like he's going to shoot at every opportunity.
"It looks like he's short of fitness, which you would understand. But positive."
McGlynn anticipates there could be departures next month, but hopes should those out of contract at the end of the season still be at Tynecastle in February, new deals could be agreed.
"From a football point of view it would be beneficial to start to tie up players," he said.
"A number of other clubs are tying up their key players and we've got to be as optimistic as possible and get players tied up.
"I would hope if we get through January and if players were still here then they may be looking to further their career and their future at Hearts."
Scott Robinson is unlikely to travel to Perth and faces a meeting over his future on Monday after his refusal to participate against Aberdeen.
Mehdi Taouil (groin) is out, joining Danny Grainger (knee), Jason Holt (ankle) and Jamie Hamill (knee) in being absent.
Arvydas Novikovas (ankle) could return after missing the Dons win, Dylan McGowan is available again following a hip problem, while Ryan Stevenson is fit after coming off at half-time against Aberdeen following a head knock.