Gary Mackay: It’s looking rosy in the Gorgie garden now

Alim Ozturk, Soufian El Hassnaoui, Sam Nicholson and Osman Sow celebrate the opening goal
Alim Ozturk, Soufian El Hassnaoui, Sam Nicholson and Osman Sow celebrate the opening goal
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What a scintillating performance from Hearts yesterday. We’re blowing teams away at the moment and it’s absolutely brilliant to watch.

The supporters are being emphatically rewarded for the pain that they’ve been put through in the last few years and full credit must go to the people who have taken over the club in the background and also the football department.

I feel for John McGlynn, the Livingston manager, for having to endure such a difficult experience on his return to Tynecastle, because he was a man I always respected when he was in charge of Hearts.

However, the whole mood and performance from yesterday’s match shows just how much the club has improved since the days two seasons ago when John was seriously hamstrung by the off-field troubles we were enduring at the time. Everything is just so rosy in the garden at the moment compared to back then or compared with last season, for that matter.

If the long-term plan is related to how the short-term is panning out, then the Hearts supporters are in for an exciting future.

The one thing we’ll have to guard against now is complacency, but, without tempting fate, we look like a team who could comfortably compete in the Premiership. The players are clearly enjoying their work – you can see that from the performances and results. I’m not sure where exactly we’d be in the top flight, but hopefully we’ll get a chance to find out next season.

Of course, we came up short against the champions Celtic in the League Cup last week, but there have been far worse Hearts performances than that at Celtic Park over the years. We had chances to make life difficult for Celtic in what was a decent performance, so I certainly wasn’t downhearted.

Our bread and butter is the league and we have a testing fixture on Saturday away to a Queen of the South team who will probably have a new manager in place and who have recently beaten our Edinburgh rivals. Our supporters have always enjoyed their days out in Dumfries so hopefully they’ll go there in their numbers and be rewarded with a similar performance to the one they witnessed yesterday.