Iain Blair to hand Hearts Championship trophy

Hearts captain Danny Wilson will receive the trophy after his final game for the club
Hearts captain Danny Wilson will receive the trophy after his final game for the club
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The SPFL secretary Iain Blair will present Hearts with the Championship trophy in front of a sellout crowd at Tynecastle on Saturday.

The handover will take place after Hearts face Rangers in the final game of a record-breaking season.

Blair, who is also SPFL director of operations, will present the silverware to Hearts captain Danny Wilson on the pitch to kickstart the celebrations amongst the home support. Their team won the league in record time with seven games left and, only last weekend, broke Hibs’ record by accumulating 90 points in Scotland’s second tier.

Fans have been eagerly awaiting the fixture to acclaim their heroes, who will engage in a lap of honour once Blair hands over the trophy. Although several players, including Wilson and Adam Eckersley, are set to leave, the fans are ready to thank them for a remarkable season as the club returned to the Scottish Premiership.

Head coach Robbie Neilson stressed today that his players will be fully prepared for the challenge of facing Rangers who need a result as they try to beat Hibs to second place. They could only manage a 2-2 draw with Falkirk at Ibrox last weekend.

Hearts beat Cowdenbeath 2-1 at Central Park but needed a stoppage-time penalty from Brad McKay to secure the three points. Neilson explained that, while his team struggled in Fife, he is not unduly concerned.

“I’m pretty sure there haven’t been many fantastic performances at Central Park this season because it’s a difficult place to play. It’s tight, bobbly, windy, so I don’t think we can really use Saturday as a gauge for where we are ahead of this week,” he said. We will prepare properly for Rangers.”