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.
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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