Hibs taking the drop is ‘good for Hearts’

Hibs' Scott Robertson tackles Callum Paterson

Hibs' Scott Robertson tackles Callum Paterson

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Callum Paterson believes Hibs’ relegation to the Championship is a huge boost for Hearts as it guarantees four Edinburgh derbies next season.

The 19-year-old spoke of his excitement ahead of the new campaign after rivals Hibs lost on penalties to Hamilton in the Premiership play-off on Sunday. “It was strange to see Hibs going down the way they did and it wasn’t good for them but it’s brilliant for us to have four derbies,” said Paterson. “That will boost attendances for both clubs and the Championship will be a good league.

“We’ve appointed a new manager in Robbie Neilson, a new coach in Stevie Crawford and we’re trying to bring in new personnel. It’s going to be a tough league but we can’t wait to get going.

“We ended the season on a massive high by scoring a few goals and we’re really looking forward to it. Hibs, on the other hand, aren’t going to be happy that they’re going down. We’ve had the chance to reflect on last season and now we’re raring to go.

“Then you throw Rangers into the mix as well as Livingston and Falkirk. It’s going to be a massive division next season with a lot of quality games. Everyone assumes it will be two from ourselves, Hibs and Rangers to go up but you can’t rule anyone out.”