Several fans of Scottish Championship second-tier football club Hibernian have hit out after being denied entry to a Scottish Cup fifth round match against city rival Heart of Midlothian despite holding valid match tickets.

It has been claimed that fans with fake tickets managed to gain entry to the Tynecastle stadium for the goalless draw yesterday (Sunday).

Stadium staff refused entry to fans after the Roseburn Stand reached capacity.

Hibernian fan Tom Hall posted on Twitter: “Locked out of Tynecastle. Fake tickets in circulation again. Ridiculous.”

The incident took place just weeks after a similar situation was reported by fans of Rangers at Tynecastle.

“Following a club investigation, it is now clear to us that a number of people gained entry into the Rangers end without valid tickets and this created the situation where a small number of fans were then unable to gain admittance,” Hearts said.

“We apologise to the Rangers fans who found themselves in this very unfortunate situation and we will work closely with Rangers to refund the cost of their match tickets and any associated fees.”