Hibernian skipper David Gray was delighted to seal the Ladbrokes Championship title with a touch of “swagger” on Saturday.
The 3-0 victory over Queen of the South at Easter Road, coupled with Falkirk’s 2-2 draw with St Mirren, ensured Hibs can no longer be caught with three matches left, thus bringing their three-year exile from the Premiership to an end.
Gray told Hibs TV: “It’s been a tough couple of seasons and this season especially there’s been a bit of frustration towards the end, but we always knew we were good enough.
“There is a bit of relief but at the same time I thought we did it with a bit of swagger on Saturday.
“We are just delighted to put this club back to where it needs to be and where it belongs.
“It’s almost a relief but we need to make sure we enjoy it as well because these occasions don’t come around very often.”
Gray headed home the third goal after Darren McGregor’s double, adding further to his popularity among the Hibs support following his William Hill Scottish Cup final winner last season.
“I’d love to say it’s a habit,” he said. “If it keeps coming I’ll be delighted. We played really well and it doesn’t matter where the goals come from.”
Falkirk stayed in second spot after Dundee United were held to a goalless draw by Ayr, while Morton’s poor form continued as they were beaten 2-0 by Raith Rovers, although they remain eight points clear in the final promotion play-off place.
Dunfermline moved seven points clear of the relegation play-off spot thanks to two crucial late goals at Dumbarton.