Robbie Neilson has admitted top six is the initial target for Hearts on their return to the Premiership as he takes the walk-before-you-can-run approach.

The Championship winners will have to slum it in the second tier for three more games – starting away at Morton tonight – before thoughts turn to the top flight.

Neilson hasn’t been shy in sharing his belief that the Jambos should be challenging for the top three or four and the European spots that come with it.

Whether that’ll be allowed by the Super League Dirty Dozen after they pick up their ball and play amongst themselves, who knows?

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But even after rising to become best of the rest in their first season back amongst the big boys following their last promotion, Neilson is aware that things are a bit different this time.

He said: “The target first and foremost is to try and get in the top six. There’s a lot of good teams up there that have been in the league for a while now so we need to recruit very well in the summer.

“There’s a very good core to the squad but we need to make changes.

“The objective in year one was promotion. Year two is try to get into the top six then year three, push on from there.

“We don’t want to get too far ahead but the main aim is to get into that top six.”

Nothing has been familiar about the 2020/21 season but the manner in which Hearts ascended to the top table was entirely new for Neilson.

Dundee and Raith dropping points last Saturday after the Gorgie Boys has slapped Alloa for six confirmed them as champions, and Neilson said: “It was a funny one because we had a brilliant result on Friday night.

“But I didn’t expect both teams to drop points.”

Aaron McEneff had a sense of deja vu as well.

That’s now two years on the trot the Irish midfielder has won a title while sat at home waiting on other team’s results. He said: “Hearts are a massive club in Scottish football and they don’t belong in the Championship.

“I was sitting watching the scores when it was confirmed we were champions.

“It was strange but it also happened to me last season when I won the league with Shamrock Rovers.”

McEneff broke his Hearts duck with a stylish strike against Alloa, and the hope now is the goals will flow.

He said: “It was brilliant to get my first goal and hopefully that will be the first of many.”