Ann Budge admits she wants Hibs to win a return to the Premiership this month.
Hearts’ chairwoman believes her team’s bitter city rivals, who begin their play-off bid away to Raith Rovers tonight, would be an asset to the top flight and that their promotion would enhance the Edinburgh football landscape.
“I don’t mind saying it – I would very much like to see Hibs come back up,” she said.
“I think it would be good for Scottish football generally. I think it’s good for the city and for Hearts to have Hibs in the Premiership. I would welcome them being back up.
“I’d be all for Hibs coming back up and improving competition levels. The interest levels in the city would increase as well. You can’t beat the derbies.”