Football round-up: Gary Locke| Abdellah Zoubir

Gary Locke is missing John Sutton. Picture: Jane Barlow
Gary Locke is missing John Sutton. Picture: Jane Barlow
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A full round-up of the football news making the headlines this morning in Edinburgh, Scotland, and beyond.

Zoubir to be big threat for Hibs

Pat Fenlon says the only barrier stopping Abdella Zoubir becoming a star at Hibs is his lack of English.

With the 21-year-old taking English lessons, Fenlon reckons he has a bright future at Easter Road. (Daily Express)

• Read our exclusive interview with Abdellah Zoubir in Today’s Edinburgh Evening News.

Locke missing Sutton

Gary Locke is missing John Sutton’s presence at Tynecastle, after the hitman left amid the financial upheaval this summer.

Sutton is now on at Motherwell, who Hearts face this weekend at Fir Park. (Various)

Locke wants Pars follow-up

Gary Locke hopes Hearts administrator Bryan Jackson can lead the club out of administration, following his exit at Dunfermline.

Dunfermline avoided going under earlier this week when a fans’ group was allowed to take majority control of the club. (Daily Express)

Fenlon in Stokes injury hope

Fenlon says that despite being glad to see Anthony Stokes back in the Republic of Ireland line-up, he jokingly wished he had been injured.

Stokes is in great form as he looks set to lead the attack against Hibs tomorrow. (Daily Record)

Rangers ‘not running out of cash’

Rangers finance chief Brian Stockbridge says insists that there is no need to panic as turmoil surrounds the Ibrox boardroom.

He has written to fans’ groups in the wake of Craig Mather’s exit earlier this week, telling them that the club won’t run out of money. (Sun)

In Brief

• England manager Roy Hodgson has expressed his frustration and anger that his side’s achievement in reaching the World Cup earlier this week has been overshadowed by the details of a joke he told the dressing room in the qualifier against Poland.

• Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger must decide whether to give star man Mesut Ozil a breather when Arsenal look to stay top of the Barclays Premier League against struggling Norwich at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

• Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen returns to the squad this weekend knowing he has lost ground to make up.

• Micah Richards is confident he is in manager Manuel Pellegrini’s plans and has no intention of leaving Manchester City.

• Petr Cech has high expectations as Chelsea return to Barclays Premier League action on Saturday with the summit in sight.

• Manchester United great Bryan Robson believes Antonio Valencia was right to give up the number seven shirt.

• West Ham striker Andy Carroll admits England’s qualification for next year’s World Cup is a big motivation to return to full fitness.