Hearts' salary payment problems return with a number of top player awaiting their wages

The SPL side have once again fallen behind on payment to squad members which were due on Monday, but insist that they are awaiting an expected income from television revenue
Hearts have once more fallen behind on their salary payments, after a number of top earners were left waiting for their wages on Monday.

Last season, the club encountered a similar situation when player's wages were delayed by three months, which lead to an official complaint from the Scottish PFA [the Independent Union for Professional Footballers in Scotland], but Hearts eventually met the demands in January and action was avoided.

The club, who are currently 9th in Scottish Premier League, were also 12 days late in paying squad and staff member's wages last March. However, the Tynecastle outfit blamed logistics in transferring funds from Lithuania, the base of majority shareholder Vladimir Romonov.

A statement on Hearts' official website read: "Hearts today confirmed that the vast majority of its 45-man squad had been paid their salaries in full.

"A small number of senior players were unpaid but will be paid shortly. The club has informed the affected players."

Hearts, who enjoyed a high profile Europa League tie against Liverpool last month, and have since also explained they - and all other SPL clubs - are awaiting their latest instalment of television revenue, which equals £300,000 per club.

A Hearts spokesperson added: "We have apologised to the small number of players affected by this short-term delay to their wage payments and we are grateful for their understanding on the matter.

"We expect the matter to be resolved once we receive a guaranteed income expected in the very near future."