Hearts/Hibs round-up: Ann Budge| Injury blow

Ann Budge. Picture: SNS
Ann Budge. Picture: SNS
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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.

Budge vows transparency

Ann Budge has vowed that her regime at Hearts will be one of openness and transparency, as she looks to take over the club.

She says her time at Tynecastle will be nothing like the reckless and secretive Romanov era. (Daily Express)

Butcher blow

Terry Butcher has been dealt a blow with the news that on-loan hero Duncan Watmore is no closer to returning from injury as Hibs prepare for Motherwell.

The youngster picked up a foot injury after making an impressive debut during the loss against Raith. (Daily Record)

Brown scores winner

Ex-Hibs man Scott Brown hit his second winner in two internationals with the defeat of Poland as Scotland stretched their unbeaten run to five games with a third consecutive away win.

Brown lashed home from 18 yards in the 78th minute after Charlie Adam’s header had been half-cleared following good work from Steven Naismith and an Ikechi Anya cross.

More creative play

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan feels his side’s 1-0 friendly win in Poland is more evidence of steady progress but does not believe it will count for anything when they return to Warsaw on Euro 2016 duty.

Strachan wants to see more of such creative play and he was happy to see his side frustrate the hosts for large periods of the game.

In brief:

• Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has assured Allan McGregor that the position of number one goalkeeper is still up for grabs.

• Gareth Bale was at his devastating best as he inspired Wales to a comfortable 3-1 win over Iceland in their international friendly in Cardiff.

• Fergus McCann claims his Celtic revolution may never have happened had his original bid for change at Parkhead been accepted.

• Former Rangers director Dave King will fly in from South Africa next week and not leave Scotland until he comes up with a “definite game plan” for the future of the Ibrox club.