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.
Brown gets extension
Hearts have announced that assistant manager Billy Brown will stay at the club for a further two weeks.
Administrator Bryan Jackson revealed on Tuesday that this weekend’s Scottish Premiership match against St Johnstone would be the last of Brown’s third spell at Tynecastle as his contract would not be renewed.
But the deal runs until the end of January and manager Gary Locke and the players have convinced Jackson that Brown should continue until the end of the month, although his new departure date is two days before their League Cup semi-final against Inverness.
Leigh Griffiths hints at Celtic hopes
Ex-Hibs hero Leigh Griffiths has hinted that he would take advantage of a possible move to Celtic, after falling out of favour at Wolves.
He said that rumours regarding Celtic’s alleged interest could only be confirmed by Neil Lennon. (Sun)
Carrick hails Brown influence
Dale Carrick has credited Billy Brown with helping to instil the fighting spirit which saw Hearts grab a point against St Johnstone.
He said: “The fight we showed comes from Billy, the gaffer, and the backroom staff all pushing us on to battle for results.” (Daily Express)
Hibs striker James Collins admits he would have happily given up his brace if it meant the Leith side collected all three points against St Mirren on Saturday.
The former Swindon player scored twice after the break but it was not enough to take anything from the match after Hibs conceded three unanswered goals in the first half.
Nelson itching to get back on track
Michael Nelson says Hibs don’t deserve a day off after their loss to St Mirren at the weekend.
Terry Butcher has scheduled an extra day’s training this week in response, but Nelson is desperate to get back on the training ground. (Daily Express)
• Ally McCoist has told his Rangers players they will not have it easy at Station Park on Monday night as they return to the scene of their only defeat of the season.
• David Moyes still thinks he can lead Manchester United to the title even though his team are now 14 points off the pace following their damaging 3-1 defeat at Chelsea.
• Nemanja Vidic believes Manchester united are too far behind in the table to seriously contemplate defending their Barclays Premier League title.
• Nicolas Anelka could finally learn on Monday whether he will be charged by the Football Association over his ‘quenelle’ gesture.
• Tim Sherwood believes Emmanuel Adebayor should take all the credit for his revival in form after the striker bagged a brace in Tottenham’s 3-1 win at Swansea.
• Midfielder Santi Cazorla insists Arsenal are above Manchester City at the top of the Barclays Premier League on merit.
• Pablo Zabaleta feels “very lucky” to be playing alongside his fellow Argentinian Sergio Aguero at Manchester City.
• Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes West Brom counterpart Pepe Mel will be a surprise success at The Hawthorns.
• Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho paid an emotional tribute to the support of those who had helped him reach the pinnacle of the game as he accepted the Football Writers’ Association Tribute Award at a gala dinner in London.
• Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan claims even Liverpool striker Luis Suarez did not know whether the American had fouled him after the Uruguayan won a point-saving penalty for his team at Anfield.