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.
Butcher says Hibs stars can leave
Terry Butcher has begun a New Year clearout at Hibs, after telling four stars they are free to go.
Kevin Thomson, Rowan Vine, Tim Clancy, and tom Taiwo have all been told they can go, as Butcher looks to freshen up the squad. (Daily Express)
McHattie in doubt
Kevin McHattie may be ruled out of Hearts’ home clash with Motherwell this Saturday.
He injured his hamstring in the 2-0 defeat by Partick Thistle, and Hearts boss Gary Locke is already without Jason Holt, Gary Oliver, Mark Ridgers, and Scott Robinson. (Edinburgh Evening News)
McGowan wants to stay
Dylan McGowan says he wants to stay at Hearts, even if that means playing in the Championship next season.
He says he is keen to sign a new contract once Hearts come out of administration. (Daily Record)
Brown warns critics
Billy Brown has warned that critics of Gary Locke are risking the loss of possibly pushing out “one of the best Hearts managers”.
The news comes after a Hearts fan site ran a poll which indicated that 77 per cent of respondents wanted Locke out. (Daily Express)
• Swansea have joined the race for Dundee United youngster Andrew Robertson but the highly-rated left-back is in no rush to leave Tannadice, according to his representative Liam O’Donnell.
• Goalkeeper Nicky Weaver has extended his contract at Aberdeen until the end of the season, the Pittodrie club have confirmed on their official website.
• Beleaguered Manchester United boss David Moyes insists Sir Alex Ferguson’s shadow is not looming over him as he attempts to revive the club’s season.
• Theo Walcott has been backed to return “even stronger” from the heartbreak of missing out on the World Cup by England manager Roy Hodgson.
• Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is not even entertaining thoughts that a first trophy could be within his grasp.
• Manchester United boss David Moyes had denied claims the club are on the brink of signing Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao.
• Sam Allardyce is not surprised that West Ham’s co-chairmen have offered him their backing but believes they are the exception to the rule when it comes to club owners standing by their respective managers.