When the season started, media pundits looked at the Scottish Championship and had this sort of prediction for it;
2) Hearts or Hibs.
The vast majority thought it would be a walkover for Rangers and while that could still happen I don’t think it will. Hearts are scoring goals for fun just now and, yes we are only 6 games in, but people claimed it would be a Rangers walkover from long before a ball was kicked for pre-season, let alone the Challenge Cup matches where Rangers got lucky to beat Hibs whom themselves have been very poor this season so far. This was shown when, on the opening weekend of the season, Hearts played Rangers in Glasgow and came out 2-1 winners. And ever since then in the league the Jam Tarts have gone from strength to strength, scoring goals for fun, with 17 league goals scored in 6 games. On Saturday, Hearts played Cowdenbeath, with the game ending 5-1 to Hearts.
Another reason why Hearts should win the Scottish Championship this season is because they have a strong squad. They knew that they would need to bring in players and have done so properly, with a good blend of young players who’ve played the vast majority of last season in the Scottish Premiership. In addition, they have brought in good players who are performing well at the level they are at. With this development and team building and bonding later in the season should be easier to grind out important results, unlike their city rivals Hibernian who have a poor squad of players that are not in harmony with each other quite yet, the majority of the Hearts side have already had a season to gel and the new players seem to fit in well.
Next is finances. Hearts managed to exit administration at the start of the season in the proper way, with a new owner who is a massive fan but doesn’t know the inner working of running a football club, so he has appointed a former Hearts player (and former Scotland boss) Craig Levein to run the footballing side of it, with manager Robbie Neilson of course. Whereas their Glasgow rivals Rangers are not in such a lucky position, with a circus of a board, no money now and are looking ever closer to their second administration in 4 years, which is something not even Dundee can claim to have done (They went into administration in 2003 and 2010). IF Rangers go into a second administration they will be docked 25 points, which would probably ruin their title chances and severely dent their play-off chances as well as potential playing staff cuts.
Just now Hearts are favourites to win the Scottish Championship in my opinion however most bookies and pundits will say Rangers because the apparently have a stronger squad, which I feel it also wrong, as they have good individuals but work poorly as a team.