Kris Boyd reckons people need to get real over expectations that Hearts players should take a 50 per cent wage cut.

The former Rangers, Kilmarnock and Scotland striker has argued that footballers in Scotland are no different to anyone else in terms of managing their accounts - and live in a completely different world to those playing in the English Premier League.

The Jambos first team were hit with a memo from Tynecastle supremo Ann Budge a fortnight ago asking them to accept their wages being cut in half as the coronavirus crisis kicked in.

That was followed up with another email last week warning stars their salaries could be suspended if they don’t agree to the hefty cuts.

Budge has given the Gorgie squad until 5pm today to accept the terms or she’ll consider using the controversial Clause 12 in SPFL contracts to terminate deals.

But Boyd said: “Players are like everyone else, their wages come in and they go elsewhere.

“This whole thing that everyone thinks that every professional footballer in Scotland - because you look at the English Premier League - is on that type of money. They’re not.

“There’s a lot of guys in Scotland who are not on a lot of money and it is very difficult for them.

“To think because they are football players everybody expects ‘oh they should just take a 50 per cent cut’ it doesn’t work like that.

“It’s difficult times for everyone and not every footballer is a multi-millionaire.”

PFA Scotland remain in talks with Hearts chiefs over an alternative cost saving measure - with players willing to defer wages rather than take cuts.

That’s a system which Hibs players are set to take with Aberdeen first team stars also looking at agreeing a wage deferral package.

Meanwhile Dundee United and Hamilton Accies have become the latest clubs to put staff and players on the government’s furlough scheme.