Hearts' Premiership return confirmed

Hearts have returned to the Scottish Premiership at the first time of asking, thanks to a Rangers win at Hibernian on Sunday.

Hearts' domination of the Scottish Championship has resulted in a title triumph and promotion to the Premiership, after just one season out of the top flight.

A 3-0 victory at Falkirk on Saturday put Hearts on the brink and Edinburgh rivals Hibernian's defeat at home to Rangers on Sunday confirmed Robbie Neilson's side will be back among Scotland's elite next term.

Hearts - who have endured severe financial difficulties - have lost just once in the league all season, against Falkirk in January, winning 25 of their 29 Championship games to sit 23 points clear of Hibs.

Rangers' win also brought them within three points of Hibs with a game in hand as the race for the play-offs intensifies.