Hearts can break stale duopoly
Hibs fans won't thank me for saying this, but Hearts could be set to break the Old Firm duopoly of coming first and second in the SPL.
That would be a great thing, in my opinion, and would give our game a huge boost.
Before Old Firm fans get up in arms, this is not a knocking job on them, but a fervently desired hope for some serious competition in a league which reeks of staleness at the top end.
Jim Jefferies and Billy Brown have been round the block and know how difficult mounting a challenge to split Scotland's two powerbrokers will be.
But if anyone can do it, the Jam Tarts can.
Billy Brown and Jim Jefferies have steered Hearts to third in the SPL table. Photo: SNS
It's been a great season so far for Kilmarnock and Inverness, but realistically the Tynecastle side are best equipped over the season to mount a sustained challenge.
As I write they're just six points adrift of leaders Celtic, which is testimony to the great run they have been on.
Seven wins and a draw in their last eight matches is inspired form and with the quality they have always had in the ranks but are finally showing, a challenge to split the Glasgow pair looks to be a real possibility.
Hearts have underachieved since they threatened briefly under George Burley to go all the way to SPL glory.
Now though they're scoring regularly and not conceding many and their talented, but often erratic, squad has mastered the art of consistency.
They have also brought to the party Kevin Kyle who has a direct, no-nonsense approach which opponents struggle to cope with and he has given them a new dimension.
I can never make my mind up whether Hearts or Aberdeen are the third biggest club in the country, but there is great tradition and potential to be unlocked if the Gorgie side can emerge as genuine challengers for second spot.
Who knows, maybe they can go all the way.
I suspect not yet, but their prospects for a second-placed finish are looking brighter by the week.
And that would be good for Scottish football.