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.
Jason Holt injury blow
Hearts midfielder Jason Holt is out for the rest of the year after breaking a bone in his foot during training.
The Scotland Under-21 midfielder, one of the club’s most highly-rated players, will have surgery next week after fracturing a metatarsal yesterday morning.
Butcher says Hibs job ‘exciting’
Terry Butcher likened taking on the Hibernian job to staring down a tunnel and facing the onrushing traffic - “frightening but exciting”.
The former Motherwell and Inverness boss is the sixth manager in seven years to sit in the Easter Road hotseat.
Hearts face Wolfburg
Hearts will tonight face German Bundesliga side Wolfsburg in a friendly at Tynecastle in a bid to raise funds.
It is hoped that the cash raised will help get Hearts through the winter while bringing experience to the young squad.
Butcher glad to have Malpas
Terry Butcher admitted it was a wrench to leave high-flying Inverness, but he is entirely comfortable with the challenge of improving Hibernian because Maurice Malpas has gone with him.
Butcher said: “The success we have had is when we have been together. He is a great guy and a great mate, a brilliant coach and also someone that can stand back and tell me to calm down sometimes.”
Inverness anger over Hearts tie
Inverness have hit out at the decision to host their League Cup semi-final in Edinburgh just after noon on a Sunday.
Caley Thistle fans face a 150-mile trip to Easter Road to see the clash against Hearts, which kicks off at 12.15pm on February 2.
Brown hails MacDonald
Billy Brown says Hearts keeper Jamie MacDonald is a Tynecastle legend in the making, just like fan favourite Gilles Rousset.
MacDonald helped Hearts end a losing streak at the weekend with a crucial penalty save against Aberdeen. (Daily Record)
• Scotland coach Mark McGhee has warned against damaging the positivity surrounding the national team when they face the United States and Norway in friendlies this month.
• Andros Townsend wants England to prove they are a World Cup force to be reckoned with when they face Germany next week.
• Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill has insisted he will not attempt to gag number two Roy Keane.
• Hull owner Assem Allam insists he and he alone will decide whether the club should be renamed Hull Tigers.
• Michael Carrick was happy to ignore the early-season bandwagon jumpers who insisted Manchester United had got it all wrong following the appointment of David Moyes.
• Liverpool vice-captain Daniel Agger insists he will remain at the club as long as he feels he can make a contribution, but does believe he belongs in the starting line-up.
• Middlesbrough are set to name their new manager at a press conference on Wednesday morning with reports suggesting Aitor Karanka is in line to take the post.