What a way to end such a glorious campaign.
I was delighted that Hearts finished Saturday’s game on such a high because it would have put a bit of a dampener on the after-match celebrations if we’d lost.
The way the team fought back from 2-0 down to get a 2-2 draw pretty much epitomised the effort, commitment and resilience they’ve shown throughout this magnificent season.
Genero Zeefuik made a real difference when he came on and took his goals well. His mobility has been questioned in some games but, with his goals-per-game ratio and the impact that he’s had since he arrived, he’s been a good acquisition. It doesn’t look like he’ll be staying but you just wonder if, with a good pre-season under his belt, he’d have made an impression in the Premiership. With Zeefuik and others likely to depart over the summer, the management face a busy summer.
Robbie Neilson has spoken about making four or five signings. Personally, I’d expect there to be a few more than that because, although we’ve negotiated the Championship in exemplary fashion, I still think we need to strengthen quite a bit if we want to make a real impact in the top flight.
As for this season, I wouldn’t like to single any individual players out because it’s been a real collective group effort over the campaign. There were various games you could look at as particularly significant, but the highlight for me was simply winning the league in March with seven games to spare – what an achievement.
Everybody involved with the club deserved the celebrations and the lap of honour that followed Saturday’s game. It was a great day to cap off a season that has been beyond all expectations.