With one game to play before the split, Hearts are safe in the top half of the table, but only due to a vastly better goal difference than Livingston. The real fight for the top six is between St Mirren (44 points), Hibs (43) and Livi (42).
The relegation fight is just as tight between Dundee United (28), Kilmarnock (28) and Ross County (27). St Johnstone are also feeling the pressure (32). There was a bit of chat earlier this week about the SPFL being uncompetitive. Granted, it spans teams from the Champions League and those from towns with a population of 6,000, but Celtic are fully motived, while Aberdeen are packing them in, having only recently moved into third place.
Hearts occupy the final European slot, one point ahead of St Mirren and two ahead of Hibs. If you were to design a perfectly competitive league in a small country that can span from the Champions down, you would be pushed to do a better job than this Premiership. Maybe those complaining would feel different if someone else was 12 points clear at the top.
Today, we meet Paddy McLaughlin, one of the Road to Seville cyclists, who set off from Celtic Park next month, aiming to arrive in Seville for the 20th anniversary of our Uefa Cup Final there. As you’ll see, Paddy is already familiar with the Spanish sunshine. I hope you enjoy his interview. You can support the incredible work they do in our name here. Thank you.