Bozanic's Hearts to slash wages by half

Australian midfielder Oliver Bozanic and his Hearts teammates have been asked to take a 50 per cent pay cut to help the Scottish club survive during the coronavirus.

Relegation-threatened Hearts, managed by Daniel Stendel, currently sit at the foot of the division, four points adrift of second-bottom Hamilton.

Hearts captain Steven Naismith pledged to accept the cut in order to save jobs following the suspension of the league.

"The current circumstances put everyone in a very difficult position, but this isn't a problem of Hearts' making," Naismith said in a statement.

"I hope this can contribute in some way to the long-term survival of the club at a challenging time and save jobs, especially those that are the lowest earners and hence those who will be struggling the most at this time.

"I know every one of my teammates have unique circumstances with their finances, homes and families. I can assure everyone they are all doing what they can."

Former Rangers, Everton and Norwich forward Naismith joined Hearts in January 2018, initially on loan. The 33-year-old's contract runs until 2023.

"As captain of Hearts, I will fully support my team-mates, whatever decision each of them makes on this matter," he continued.