FANS will be able to cheer on Kelty Hearts in their pyramid play-off final with Brechin City next week.

The club have confirmed that preparations are underway to have a limited number of spectators in attendance at New Central Park for the first leg of the tie on Tuesday evening.

It was confirmed this week that, from Monday (May 17), a further easing of Coronavirus restrictions across the country would go ahead as planned, with all mainland areas - except Moray - set to move to level two.

That means that seated crowds of 500, and 250 free-standing, outdoors are permitted at stadia and events.

Kelty, who are aiming to win promotion to the SPFL for the first time in their history, have said that 250 supporters will be able to attend the first leg.

The last game they played at home in front of fans was against BSC Glasgow on March 10 2020, which was shortly before lockdown restrictions were imposed as the pandemic began to take hold.

"Although 250 tickets won’t meet the demand for this match, we are excited to be able to take the first step in getting our supporters back into New Central Park in a safe manner," the club said.

"The number of supporters allowed in stadia will rise as the Scottish Government come down the tiers which is very welcome news for all football clubs around the country."

To assist with ticketing arrangements for this match and beyond, Kelty have announced a new partnership with digital ticketing provider, Fanbase.

Using a new Kelty Hearts app - which the club hope will be live within the next 24 hours - fans will be able to buy match and season tickets online and on their mobile phone.

It is set to be in use for the first time for the Brechin match.

Dean McKenzie, the club's general manager, said: "After a couple of chats with Ali (Crawley, Fanbase co-owner), it became clear that Fanbase and it’s digital platform was the perfect fit for Kelty Hearts.

"It fits in with our strategy of moving over to a modern digital platform to make everything accessible for supporters at the click of a button from mobile ticketing to subscriptions and news content."

Crawley added: "Kelty Hearts are one of the most exciting clubs in Scottish football just now and have been for the last five years or so.

"They have huge ambitions on and off the park and that’s the kind of club we love to work with. We’re looking forward to playing a key role in the growth of Kelty Hearts over the course of next season!"

Ticket pricing and details on how to buy for the Brechin tie will be released shortly, with season ticket holders, seat for life holders, sponsors and social club members being given priority.

Any remaining briefs will be put on general sale.