Troubled Scottish Premier League club Hearts have been hit with an extended transfer embargo as punishment for their spell in administration.
A Scottish Football Association (SFA) judicial panel imposed the ban on Thursday, leaving Hearts unable to sign new players aged 21 and over until 1 February next year. The Edinburgh outfit were already issued a ban from signing players following their entry into administration on 19 June.
But Hearts, whose debt was this week revealed as almost £29m, are now under an extended transfer embargo as a result of their continued financial problems.
Hearts were also hit with an automatic 15-point penalty in June and manager Gary Locke will be unable to immediately bring in experienced players if the club exits administration before the end of the January transfer window.