Hearts/Hibs round-up: Locke deals/Hibs fears

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A full round-up of the Hearts/Hibs news making the headlines this morning, as well as stories from the rest of Scotland and beyond.

A full round-up of the Hearts/Hibs news making the headlines this morning, as well as stories from the rest of Scotland and beyond.

Defeat heightens sense of dead wood at Hibs

Terry Butcher will now have to steer his team away from a dreaded relegation play-off, rather than the top six says The Scotsman newspaper

Locke looking for new deals

Hearts manager Gary Locke is hoping the prestige of playing for the club will encourage out of contract player to negotiate new deals.

A raft of player including Jamie MacDonald, Jamie Hamill and Dylan McGowan have contracts which end in the summer, and while the club is still in administration there is little that can be done to secure new deals. But Locke has said he hopes the group will show faith with the Tynecastle club and give them time to tie up new deals. (see tonight’s Evening News)

Tributes for Anderson as Aberdeen win League Cup

Derek McInnes paid tribute to Russell Anderson after he became the first Aberdeen captain in 19 years to lift a trophy following Sunday’s Scottish League Cup win over Inverness at Celtic Park.

After taking the trophy following a penalty shoot-out, McInnes - who described the win as “my best day in football” - also said he hoped the victory would be the start of a successful period for the club.

In brief:

Man Utd: David Moyes admits being Manchester United manager is harder than he ever imagined.

Tottenham: Arsenal remained in the hunt for the league title after what Arsene Wenger called a “huge result” at rivals Tottenham.

Chelsea: Jose Mourinho has called on the Premier League to stop sending Chris Foy to Chelsea games after the referee dismissed two more Blues players - and their manager - in an ill-tempered clash at Villa Park on Saturday.

Hull: Hull manager Steve Bruce has defended George Boyd as the forward waits to see if the Football Association will take any further action over his altercation with Joe Hart in the second half of Manchester City’s 2-0 win at the KC Stadium on Saturday.