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Scottish Premier League side Hearts have officially gone into administration.

Hearts confirmed on Monday their plans to go into administration after they lodged papers at the Court of Session in Edinburgh, having failed to pay wages to players last Friday and in the face of a winding-up order over a partially-paid £100,000 tax bill.

The club, who have already stated their entire squad is available for transfer, will be deducted 15 points at the start of next season.

The Press Association reports that BDO has been appointed to control the financial affairs of the troubled club.

Hearts had hoped to appoint KPMG but the administrators of Ukio Bankas, their major creditor and part owner, objected and instigated the appointment of BDO.

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond said on Wednesday he fully expected Hearts to survive their difficulties.

During a speech to business leaders in Edinburgh, Salmond said: "The situation affects fans like myself and players, but Heart of Midlothian is a substantial employer in the city.

"Like other clubs who've gone through that process, it's a great time of anxiety for the employees of Heart of Midlothian.

"One comfort I would have at this time is that other clubs have gone through it and emerged at the other end of the tunnel, and that's what I fully expect Heart of Midlothian to do.

"They've been around for a long time and I'm sure they'll be around for a long time to come.''

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.

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