Gary Mackay: Could Hearts win title in derby?

Callum Paterson takes on Danny Mullen and Kyle Jacobs. Pic: Lisa Ferguson
Callum Paterson takes on Danny Mullen and Kyle Jacobs. Pic: Lisa Ferguson
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Hearts are now so far ahead at the top of the Championship that, as supporters, we’re already looking at the fixtures to try and work out where and when we might finally clinch the title.

Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself, but I’m sure I’m not the only Jambo who has looked at that period in April when we face Rangers at Ibrox and then Hibs at Easter Road within a space of week and wondering if we might just get the chance to seal the glory at the home of one of our greatest rivals.

It would certainly add a touch of extra significance if we had the chance to go to Ibrox or Easter Road and secure the title.

The players and management, of course, will not be thinking along those lines. For now, all they can do is take it game by game and keep focusing on moving a step closer to the finishing line each week.

In that regard, Saturday’s win over Livingston, coming a day after Rangers lost to Hibs, was a case of job done. Once again, we didn’t set the heather alight. But that should be of little concern to anyone connected with Hearts. At this stage of a title race, it’s all about results. We’ve had our fair share of swashbuckling performances this season, but all that matters is that we keep on winning.

Over the last two weekends we’ve faced a Livingston side who are clearly on a mission to stay up under Mark Burchill and they have made it really hard for us both times. With the stakes increasing in terms of the race for play-off places as well as the relegation battle, we are going to find that almost every team we come up against has something significant to play for. That is only going to make it harder for Hearts.

This weekend we face another tricky test away to a Queen of the South side who are scrapping for a play-off spot. They have already made it hard for us this season even though we ended up winning both matches by three clear goals. As we edge closer to the finishing line, I’m sure all Hearts supporters would settle for any kind of win in Dumfries.