Can Robbie Neilson and Ann Budge ride out the storm at Tynecastle?

KEITH JACKSON: Talk of sacking Neilson when he’s 13 points clear at the top of the table is typically absurd. But it underlines the state Budge has got this club into. It’s time for her to step away and let Neilson get on with the job of repairing the damage that’s been done.

DAVID MCCARTHY: Fact is, Hearts are still strolling to the title, as they should with their budget. The quality of football is nowhere near good enough but I don’t think Budge will bin Neilson and she won’t remove herself from office.

CRAIG SWAN: Yes because promotion back to the Premiership was the main aim and it’s going to be achieved. However, they’ll need to hit the ground running next term.

MICHAEL GANNON: It’s going to be tough for Neilson as a lot of Jambos have made up their minds. The club will get back to the Premiership but there will need to be drastic changes in the summer and the manager will have to hit the ground running. Budge criticism is harash. She’s made poor choices but can hardly be blamed for a succession of managers signing substandard players.

Should Rangers give Jermain Defoe another year at Ibrox?

KEITH: That depends on what Jermain Defoe has in mind. If he wants to move into a coaching role then there is a place for him at Auchenhowie. But he’s unlikely to have much to offer on the pitch next season.

DAVID: By all accounts, Defoe’s influence around the squad is massive, particularly with the younger players, and if he is willing to stick around to play 10/15 games a season, then yes, he’s worth retaining

CRAIG: Defoe is more than just a player, he’s a presence. His experience within the camp will be invaluable to others and to the manager.

MICHAEL: If Defoe feels fit enough then he’s worth having around for another campaign. He’s always likely to pop up with goals and he’s tremendous influence on the dressing room.

Defoe’s impact at Ibrox can’t just be measured in terms of the times he’s hit the net.

It’ll be hard to top Brora Rangers, but where should be look for the Scottish Cup shocks this coming weekend?

KEITH: Motherwell’s trip to face Formartine has horror story written all over it, Aberdeen won’t look forward to a day out on Dumbarton rock and Raith Rovers could give Livingston a run for their money at the Spaghetti-had.

DAVID : We might have to wait until Monday, but Queen of the South are playing well enough to dream of an Edinburgh double by knocking out Hibs.

CRAIG: Brora could be the biggest talking point again by knocking out Stranraer.

MICHAEL: Blunt Aberdeen will need to be careful at Dumbarton but Partick Thistle could be the ones to catch out a Dundee United side deflated after missing out on the top six.

It’s awards season, who are your picks for player, young player and manager of the year?

KEITH:Steven Gerrard is out on his own in terms of this season’s top boss. Steve Davis, James Tavernier and Connor Goldson will fight it out for the player of the year crown but Davis should nick it. And David Turnbull is the outstanding candidate for the young player of the year title.

DAVID: You can’t look past Steven Gerrard for manager, although Callum Davidson has had some season. Connor Goldson has played every minute of every game in a watertight defence, so he’s the player. David Turnbull gets the young player nod.

CRAIG : Steven Davis for Player of the Year. David Turnbull for Young Player of the Year. Callum Davidson for Manager of the Year.

MICHAEL: James Tavernier deserves the main award for his performances, ridiculous stats, and leading Gers to the title after suffering so much pain. It’s hard to look past his gaffer Steven Gerrard for the manager’s gong. David Turnbull has been one of Celtic’s few successes and should get young player.