Livingston manager David Martindale thinks Hibs and Hearts will make up the top four in the Scottish Premiership this season as he predicted the outcome of the season – and tipped his Livi side as dark horses to make the top six.

Hearts currently sit second, one point off Rangers, after beating Martindale’s side 3-0 yesterday while Hibs can draw level with their city rivals with a win over St. Johnstone this afternoon at Easter Road.

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With the season only seven games old, Martindale claims that the toup four are already “breaking away” from the rest, saying there’s a “clear divide” in the Premiership.

“I think Aberdeen will still be in and around but I think you can see the top four,” he said. “I think you will be looking at Rangers, Celtic, and Hearts and Hibs will be a toss of a coin. That’s your top four in my opinion.

“Fifth and sixth – I think Aberdeen will be there and it will be a fight between St Johnstone, Dundee United and maybe even ourselves. But I think it will be a flip of a coin.

“That’s just my opinion but it is a long season and that could change. I think the top four are breaking away. I think there’s a clear divide. I think six or seven teams are playing for tenth upwards.

“It is a tough league this year and I think the bigger teams have got stronger. Some might argue that point and at home we are still more than a match for most but away from home I have found it really difficult this time.

“Hearts and Hibs have kicked on in my opinion and Rangers and Celtic away from home have always been difficult. I think there is a clear divide in the league now. You can see how the league is going.”

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