Date: 15th September 2020 at 6:30pm
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Craig Levein has been reliving his 1986 nightmare and blaming St Mirren for the fact that Hearts didn’t win the Premier Division title.

Radio Scotland provided an unquestioning platform for the Jambos legend to recycle the sort of paranoia that has surrounded Hearts for 34 years.

Hearts had the title in their hands, a draw away to Dundee would have provided them with the title regardless of how many goals Celtic rattled past St Mirren.

Going into the second last weekend of the season Hearts lead by four points as they faced Clydebank at home, a four or five goal win would have almost certainly have pushed them over the line.

In front of 27,000 at Tynecastle Levein’s side won 1-0, a nervy performance that left the door open to Celtic who beat Dundee 2-0 at home the same day. In midweek Celtic won 2-0 at Motherwell but they went into the final weekend two points behind with Hearts having a three goal advantage in terms of goals.

With Levein missing out due to a really sore tummy Hearts hung on for a draw at Dens Park, using the sort of tactics that will be the former Scotland boss’ managerial legacy.

At Love Street St Mirren put up a spirited performance but were swamped by Celtic hitting top gear midway through the first half. Playing a brand of football that no team in the country could live with. It was 4-0 at half time and 5-0 at full time.

At Dens Park Hearts collapsed in the last 10 minute. 0-0 would have given them the title but two goals from substitute Albert Kidd denied them the title. Celtic were champions, level on points but had turned the goal difference around to lead Hearts by three.

Levein recovered from his really sore tummy to play in the Scottish Cup Final seven weeks later with Aberdeen strolling to a 3-0 win at Hampden.