A full round-up of the Edinburgh Derby news making the headlines this morning, as well as the stories from Scotland and beyond.
Brown fighting talk
Hearts assistant manager Billy Brown insists no-one at Tynecastle is giving up hope despite their on-field predicament matching their off-field problems.
And Brown believes Hearts can start proving the doubters wrong tonight when they face Hibs in the League Cup quarter-finals at Easter Road. (Various)
• Brown also came out fighting when he said Hibs were a bunch of under-achievers.
He claimed that after the Easter Road summer spending spree that the team has failed to live up to their price tag. (Various)
McPake hits back
Hibernian captain James McPake has dismissed claims from the Hearts camp that the pressure is on the Leith team ahead of the derby.
He his back at Billy Brown, saying that he must take his share of the blame due to his stint as Pat Fenlon’s assistant. (Various)
Walker: Now is the time
Jamie Walker says tonight will be the night that the young Hearts squad will come of age.
The youthful side already handed Hibs a shock 1-0 defeat earlier in the season. (Sun).
Neilson back at Hearts
Hearts have handed Robbie Neilson a new role as player development manager.
The former Tynecastle favourite will be responsible for fine-tuning the skills of the young players coming through to the main squad. (Daily Express)
Hibs star Paul Heffernan will be out of tonight’s derby because he played for Kilmarnock in the first round. (Daily Record)
In today’s Evening News:
Hearts’ Callum Paterson on his desire to repeat his derby winner trick, Hibs’ sharp-shooter Liam Craig on gunning down rivals. All this and more.
• Celtic striker Anthony Stokes is targeting 100 goals for the club after he signed a new deal at Parkhead.
• St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright insists league form will count for nothing when they take on Morton in the League Cup.
• Inverness assistant manager Maurice Malpas felt his side deserved their place in the League Cup semi-finals after battling past Dundee United in extra time.
• Rangers manager Ally McCoist insists he has no concerns about where the Ramsdens Cup final is played as long as the venue is large enough to accommodate their fans.
• FIFA president Sepp Blatter has apologised to Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid after “light-hearted” comments he made about the player prompted a furious attack by the club.
• UEFA’s determination to crack down on racism will be put to the test again when it decides whether CSKA Moscow should play behind closed doors as a punishment for alleged racist chanting against Yaya Toure.
• David Beckham has selected Miami as the city where he intends to set up a Major League Soccer franchise.
• Arsene Wenger wants Arsenal to make amends for back-to-back home defeats when they face Liverpool this weekend.
• Mark Hughes is delighted to see his Stoke side in Wednesday night’s draw for the Capital One Cup quarter-finals but knows they did it the hard way.
• West Ham’s youngsters could continue to be the cornerstone of their march towards Wembley in the Capital One Cup after again impressing boss Sam Allardyce in the 2-0 victory at Burnley.
• Fulham manager Martin Jol admits his side will have to pull off a surprise result in the next fortnight if they are to bounce back from their Capital One Cup exit.
• Norwich boss Chris Hughton is hopeful Robert Snodgrass’ hospital treatment following the Capital One Cup loss to Manchester United is merely precautionary.
• Hull return to White Hart Lane for the second time in four days on Wednesday night hoping for better luck than first time around.
• Manchester City travel to Newcastle looking to rediscover their winning touch and claim a place in the Capital One Cup quarter-finals.
• Alan Pardew believes Newcastle can book their place in the last eight of the Capital One Cup if they can prove they want it more than Manchester City.
• Andre Villas-Boas believes Tottenham have a far better chance of going on a cup run this season.