Football round-up: Gary Locke| Pat Fenlon| Rangers

Tough times for Gary Locke. Picture: SNS
Tough times for Gary Locke. Picture: SNS
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A full round-up of the football news making the headlines this morning in Edinburgh, Scotland, and beyond.

Jim backs Gary

Jim Jefferies has backed Gary Locke over the gulf in points that Hearts must climb to stay afloat.

The Dunfermline boss says it would be heart-breaking if fans turned on the Jambos manager after everything the club has been through. (Daily record)

Fenlon wants momentum

Hibs boss Pat Fenlon has called on his squad to build on the ‘feel good factor’ as they gear up to take on Aberdeen then Hearts.

The Easter Road side have only been beaten once in their last eight league games, with four of those being wins. (Daily Mail)

Zaliukas eyes Leeds deal

Ex-Hearts skipper Marius Zaliukas looks set to sign for Leeds United.

Zaliukas has already snubbed Rangers and is keen to get settled after a trial at the English Championship club. (Daily Mail)

Scots face Norway

Scotland will face Norway next month in a friendly in Molde.

The game will be played on November 19. (Daily Express)

Pair to meet Rangers fans

Ibrox shareholders Jim McColl and Paul Murray are set to meet with Rangers fans groups today.

The boardroom battle rages on at the club, but Murray hope to grab a seat on the board at the next AGM. (Various)

In Brief:

• Celtic winger James Forrest insists he is happy to put himself on the spot for the Hoops after his penalty success against Ajax on Tuesday night.

• Sergio Aguero struck twice as Manchester City came from behind in Russia to take a big step towards the last 16 of the Champions League.

• Manchester United manager David Moyes believes Wayne Rooney is a man reborn.

• Crystal Palace started their search for a manager to keep them in the Barclays Premier League on Thursday with former Stoke boss Tony Pulis among the leading candidates to replace Ian Holloway.

• Ian Holloway has left his role as Crystal Palace manager by mutual consent.

• Lewis Holtby is enjoying Tottenham’s Europa League trips to the likes of Sheriff Tiraspol - even if he thought they were a club in Northern Ireland, not Eastern Europe.

• Football Association chairman Greg Dyke is coming under pressure to appoint a woman to his controversial England commission.

• Chelsea striker Fernando Torres believes the opening Champions League loss to Basle provided a reality check for Jose Mourinho’s men which is now paying dividends.

• Goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel has told his Swansea team-mates attitude will be key when they face Kuban Krasnodar, and he will not be shy in setting them straight should they be found wanting.

• Michael Laudrup believes Sir Alex Ferguson was wrong to lift the lid on his dealings with some of his former players in his autobiography.

• Wigan striker Grant Holt cannot wait to take a step into the unknown this evening by making his European debut against Rubin Kazan.