Gary Mackay: Unity underlines Hearts’ success

Hearts players have shown great togetherness. Pic: SNS
Hearts players have shown great togetherness. Pic: SNS
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The scenes during the celebrations at the end of Saturday’s game underlined the togetherness that has allowed Hearts to run away with the Championship title this season.

It was great to see the players, the staff and the supporters having such a good time at the end and the partying won’t stop now.

The management will be taking it game by game, but from the supporters’ point of view, there’s no escaping the excitement at the fact that, of the six games we still have to play, three of them are against two of our biggest rivals – Rangers and Hibs.

We face them both over the next fortnight and I’m sure the players will relish the chance to come up against those two knowing that the title is already in the bag. I know our supporters will! They certainly won’t be shy in lording it at Ibrox and Easter Road.

For all the optimism there was at the start of the season, no-one could have imagined we would have the chance to incorporate April visits to those two venues into a victory procession.

If Saturday’s game against Queen of the South was anything to go by, the Hearts players certainly won’t betaking their foot off the gas.

They could have been forgiven for slackening off against a good Queens side, but, although not at their brilliant best, the fact they were still able to win relatively comfortably speaks volumes for the attitude of this squad. It sums up their drive that even when they don’t need to win, they still get the job done. Whatever the circumstances, they just want to keep winning football matches. I think that comes from the individual and collective pride within these players and the management.

Osman Sow kicked the party off in fine style and then, as every team gets throughout a campaign, we had a wee bit fortune with the second goal.

It was a really enjoyable occasion and a well-deserved day of acclaim for the team. There will be another six days like that between now and the end of the season and hopefully all of them are topped off with victories. Hearts’ players and fans should savour every moment of the run-in.