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  1. 2 days on from Hearts asking all full time playing and non-playing staff to take a 50% pay cut, still no concrete word on whether anyone has accepted or not. Only one that looks confirmed as rejecting is Dikamona who supposedly wants the pay-off and termination of contract option. The news today that the government will subsidise up to 80% of an employee's wage up to a maximum of £2500/month really won't make a helluva lot of difference to the likes of Naismith and Boyle, even if they were to accept the pay cut. Ironically, however, it will make a helluva difference to their biggest saleable asset in Aaron Hickey, who's one of the lowest paid first team members.....when Levein was still in charge he tried to tie him down to a new improved contract but the loon refused to sign it....likely due to the reported Man City interest. I hope we are keeping a close eye on the situation. Souttar did his achilles a few weeks back and wasn't expected back till the new season. I know we have a full complement of central defenders at present but I honestly don't see Devlin tolerating being 4th choice into whatever transpires beyond the summer. Events have obviously now taken over and Souttar is unlikely to miss too much of whatever the SPFL decide to make of this/next season. As a Scotland international, he is likely to be one of their higher earners. I certainly couldn't envisage him wanting to hang around if Hearts go down to the Championship in whatever fashion. He's a Dons fan and we could certainly afford to a least match what he gets now should he decide to reject the pay cut and take the pay-off. I don't see anyone else up here affording him outwith the arse cheeks (and I really don't think either would be interested in him anyway) and Hibs who again I don't think would want him (for entirely different reasons to the cheeks). I suppose a promoted Yinited could stretch to it in a similar way they've splashed out on Shankland but I suspect he'd choose us over returning there. Of course any English Championship club could match/beat us though. Anyway....
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