Hearts defender Ryan McGowan denies morale dip

Ryan McGowan
McGowan insists there is no morale issues at Tynecastle, despite their financial troubles

Hearts defender Ryan McGowan insists there is no morale problem despite financial uncertainty at the club.

First-team players have been given no information on when they will receive wages due on 16 December after major delays in their previous two payments.

Midfielder Ryan Stevenson has gone on strike in protest, but McGowan claims there is no disharmony at the club.

He said: "There's a lot been made that people are not happy, but I haven't seen one unhappy face."

Recent results would back up the Australian's claim, as Hearts have scored six goals without reply in their two most recent league matches against Dunfermline and Motherwell.

However, McGowan insists the players are trying not to let the uncertainty get in the way of their performances on the pitch.

"All of us are focused on what we have to do," McGowan told Hearts TV.

"The main thing is we're football players, so that's what we want to do - play football and win games.

"Hopefully we can get a run of results together and put on a lot of pressure and try to get third by the end of the season.

"Wherever we go we're looking for three points. If we play our game we're a match for anyone."