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.
Dons star blames ref for Hearts win
Aberdeen defender Mark Reynolds has blamed the referee for their weekend loss to Hearts, saying that a lack of consistency in his decision-making hurt the Dons.
He says Iain Brines should have sent off Callum Paterson after his hand blocked a shot in the first-half. (Daily Mail)
Hibs ‘failed to impress Butcher’
Goalkeeper Ben Williams admits Hibs players failed miserably to impress potential new manager Terry Butcher as they slumped to a 2-0 defeat to his club Inverness.
Caley Thistle boss Butcher is tipped to be confirmed as Pat Fenlon’s successor this week and he would have had mixed feelings as he looked on from the Easter Road stand on Saturday, after opting not to take his place in the opposition dug-out as talks continue.
Butcher causes row with Hibs stunt
Inverness were said to be furious when Terry Butcher turned up unexpectedly at Easter Road.
They plan to throw a spanner in the works by offering assistant Maurice Malpas Butcher’s old job, as it is rumoured that Hibs want the pair. (Daily Record)
Jamie Walker hailed
Gary Locke has hailed the contribution of Jamie Walker in Saturday’s win over Aberdeen, after he grabbed his side’s first goal.
“I thought Jamie was fantastic in the second half,” said Locke. “He’s got that in his locker as he showed earlier in the season. (Scotsman)
Jordan tips Phillips for future
Former Scotland striker Joe Jordan has tipped his QPR winger Matt Phillips to be an asset for the national team.
Phillips was recalled for the friendlies against the United States on Friday and Norway four days later despite missing out on recent squads following a broken arm.
It is a sign of how much Gordon Strachan wants to integrate him into his squad that Phillips got in ahead of the likes of Ross McCormack, who has scored eight goals in six games for Leeds.
• Robert Snodgrass believes the Norwich City players have to take some of the blame for the pressure which had been building on manager Chris Hughton in recent weeks.
• David Moyes insists Manchester United still have some big steps to take despite Sunday’s crucial 1-0 win over Arsenal.
• Arsene Wenger refused to blame Arsenal’s Premier League defeat at Manchester United on a virus that swept through the Gunners camp last week.
• Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insisted he would have taken goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny straight off had he suffered concussion in his side’s defeat at Manchester United.
• Gus Poyet has vowed to wrap defender Wes Brown in cotton wool after seeing him inspire Sunderland to a stunning victory over Manchester City.
• Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas admitted it was difficult to stomach losing at home to Newcastle on Sunday and hailed Magpies’ goalkeeper Tim Krul as the difference between the two sides.
• Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is confident “fighter” Ashley Cole will soon be back in top form.
• Southampton will spend the international break in the heady heights of third in the Barclays Premier League - but Jay Rodriguez believes they have the ability to go even higher.
• Liverpool defender Jose Enrique believes captain Steven Gerrard’s role may have altered from the days of his barnstorming best but his quality still endures.
• Michael Laudrup could barely contain his frustration after seeing Swansea concede a stoppage-time equaliser for the third time in four games.
• Martin O’Neill has left no room for doubt over who will be calling the shots in his Republic of Ireland partnership with Roy Keane.