Hearts players both past and present have given their reaction to the Jambos’ instant return to the Scottish Premiership – with a message already sent to Hibs.

Robbie Neilson’s side have won the Championship title at the first time of asking after their relegation to the second tier of Scottish football last season. A 6-0 win over Alloa Athletic and a day of draws on Saturday sealed Hearts’ return.

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Hearts will face Hibs again next season after promotion to the Premiership. (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Neilson was happy with the victory prior to promotion confirmation: “I was pleased with them all. For a couple of weeks we have struggled for that wee bit of magic in front of goal but we had it a number of times.  I thought before the first goal we were playing well. We were controlling the game.

“Alloa are a tough team to play against because they control the game well. They’re always going to have wee flakes where they pop it through. We managed to negate it quite a bit. I’m just delighted to get back tom winning ways. We’ve always had belief in the team.

“We’ve had a wee sticky period.  You have to take the flak that comes with it. It’s understandable when you’re at Hearts. We’re sitting in a good position and its now about getting over the line.”

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Happy with the weekend result that secured the title. (Photo by Paul Devlin/SNS Group via Getty Images)

There have been messages sent to Edinburgh rivals Hibs and congratulations in orders as current and former players congratulates Hearts, who will play Scottish Premiership football next season.

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