Several former Rangers stars were involved in an “awkward” trophy presentation as Hearts were crowned Champions of the Scottish Championship.

The Edinburgh club were favourites to bounce straight back to the Scottish Premiership at the first time of asking after being controversially relegated following the end-of-season vote last campaign.

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Controversial ex-Rangers star Steven Naismith is the Hearts captain and led the “awkward” trophy presentation. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The Jambos were one of three sides prematurely relegated across the SPFL in the dodgy voting scandal which saw Dundee’s vote lost then changed before Celtic were crowned Champions.

As a result, there had been a campaign from some Tynecastle supporters to leave the second-tier trophy on the plinth in defiance of the SPFL’s conduct from last season.

However, what would occur was probably more awkward than that as the Hearts team hoisted the trophy above their heads in the most anti-climactic celebrations since Celtic’s “9IAR”.

 

Controversial former Rangers star Steven Naismith is the Hearts captain and lifted the trophy, whilst the team also contains popular ex-Ger Andy Halliday and former Ibrox defender Craig Halkett.

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Former Rangers captain Lee McCulloch is also the Gorgie club’s assistant manager behind head coach Robbie Neilson.

Rangers will now look forward to facing off against Hearts in the Scottish Premiership next season.

Meanwhile, Rangers fans are ruing the performance of their side in the penalty shootout defeat to St Johnstone which put an end to their hopes of a league and cup double.

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