PARTICK THISTLE have written to the SPFL to express their concerns at the way the build-up to their match with Hearts at Tynecastle was handled.

The Jags hit out over the weekend as the Jambos battled against the clock to ensure the Premiership fixture could go ahead in front of their new £14million main stand.

The SPFL finally broke cover to comment on the matter publicly on Monday morning and a spokesman said: “It is our policy to ensure that we give every possible opportunity for matches to proceed at their scheduled time. That applies in cases of inclement weather, fogbound pitches or, in this situation, to enable building works to be completed.

“Signs in the run-up to [Sunday’s] game, as well as the very regular updates we received, all indicated that the match would be able to proceed as scheduled.

“We are grateful for the patience and understanding shown by both sets of fans, as well as by the players and officials of each club. We congratulate Hearts on pulling out all the stops to have the stadium ready for [Sunday’s] game.

“A congested fixture schedule always presents a challenge so we will always do what we can to avoid the need to squeeze more matches into an already busy calendar.

“We note Partick Thistle’s calls for a review into the events surrounding this game and will be in contact with them in due course to discuss their views.

“The new Tynecastle stand represents a very significant investment by Hearts and is an extremely welcome addition to the game in Scotland.”

That response from the Hampden hierarchy hasn’t appeased Thistle, however, as they renewed calls for talks over the fiasco.

Boss Alan Archibald insisted after the 1-1 draw that the delay in confirming the game would go ahead wouldn’t have occurred if it had been Rangers that were due to make the trip to Edinburgh.

A Partick Thistle spokesperson said: "We have noted the SPFL's response to our statement.

“We have lodged our concerns in writing and will look forward to positive discussions with them in due course to ensure that this situation does not recur.”