Popular former Rangers star Andy Halliday and new club Hearts have been crowned Championship Champions with three games to spare.

The achievement comes after the Jambos were cruelly relegated last season by the controversial end-of-season SPFL vote which also sent Partick Thistle into League One.

Hearts had set up the opportunity to secure the Championship crown and promotion back to the Scottish Premiership by hammering Alloa 6-0 on Friday evening.

After both Raith Rovers – who lost a 2-0 lead to wind up drawing 2-2 with Arbroath – and Dundee – who rescued a late point in 1-1 draw with Greenock Morton – failed to win on Saturday, it was confirmed the trophy would be heading to Tynecastle.

Despite the Edinburgh side’s emphatic title victory there remain grumbles over the style of play at the club with many railing against manager Robbie Neilson and some stuttering performances this season.

However, Rangers will face a trip to Tynecastle next season – a ground Steven Gerrard has notoriously toiled at – in one of the most challenging additions to the Premiership calendar after the Jambos were crowned Champions.

The Rangers connection at Hearts doesn’t end with Halliday either – who spent five seasons at the club between 2015 and 2020 – with ex-captain Lee McCulloch also Neilson’s assistant.

Rangers have lost on their last two trips to Tynecastle including a Scottish Cup Quarter Final match in February 2020 which saw Steven Gerrard considering his future at full time. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Whilst their campaign has not been without its hiccups Hearts were always favourite for the competition and Gers fans can look forward to some challenging trips along the M8 next season.

Meanwhile, Rangers are preparing for the visit of the Jambos’ arch-rivals Hibs in the Scottish Premiership this weekend – here’s how we fancy Steven Gerrard’s side to line up.

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