ROBBIE NEILSON has identified a mini league that has developed inside this season’s Scottish Premiership and he is relishing the prospect of his Hearts side winning it!

The Hearts boss is realistic enough to accept that it is going to be a huge ask for any of the chasing pack to catch a rampant Celtic side, already 9 points clear with a game in hand. However he sees a huge opportunity for the Tynecastle club to come out on top in the four way challenge for second spot with Rangers, Aberdeen and St Johnstone all contenders.

Rangers currently sit in second spot with 19 points with the other three breathing down the Ibrox side’s necks on 18 points each.

Speaking to the Evening News, Neilson had this to say on the four way mini league that has emerged.

“I think it is like that. You always hope you can pull away but I think it’s going to be like that for a while.

“Everyone can beat each other in this league and take points off each other,” he told the Edinburgh paper.

“Look at Hamilton last week. They beat Aberdeen in midweek and then lose to Dundee on the same pitch. Because there are only 12 teams, everyone can beat each other.

“Our little bit is like a league within a league but when you go away to places like Inverness, it’s difficult.

“Celtic drew 2-2 in Inverness and we drew 3-3. The teams are all very well organised so it’s going to be a tight league for a long time.

“The target for us is to win on Saturday against St Johnstone. If we do that, the target is then to win the next game after that.

“We don’t want to project too far. We will try to get our best team out on Saturday and go from there because the league is so tight at the moment.”


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