Gordon retains Hearts captaincy

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Craig Gordon is still the Heart of Midlothian captain for the time being after an internal disciplinary hearing yesterday and he expects to be in the line-up for the next match.

The Scotland goalkeeper flanked his predecessor Steven Pressley when the then captain criticised the way the club was being run under the majority shareholder Vladimir Romanov. Pressley left the club on 9 December and the midfielder Paul Hartley was omitted from the starting line-up on Saturday, two days after attending a hearing over his support for the statement.

The Scottish Professional Footballers' Association secretary Fraser Wishart accompanied Gordon at a 40-minute meeting with club officials at Tynecastle yesterday. The 23-year-old did not comment after the talks but Wishart said he had suffered no immediate recriminations. Wishart said: "Craig is captain of Hearts and will be playing, I am sure, at the weekend."

However, the former Hearts full-back was unable to give details on the meeting, adding: "Craig was called to a meeting by the club. He was happy to come and answer questions and the detail of that will have to remain confidential."

Gordon was made captain on Friday and said after the defeat by Aberdeen the next day that he did not expect to lose his place.

Pressley is not expected to announce a decision on his future before the end of the week, with Celtic and Southampton among the clubs interested in his services. The Scotland defender read a statement to the media on 27 October revealing "significant unrest" in the dressing room.

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