Hearts/Hibs round-up: Butcher ban| Celtic fear

Gary Locke is gearing up to face Celtic again. Picture: SNS
Gary Locke is gearing up to face Celtic again. 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.

Butcher bid to beat ban

Hibs boss Terry Butcher will today hope to beat a touchline ban and fine at an SFA appeals tribunal in Glasgow.

The ban relates to an incident when Butcher was still manager of Inverness, but his appeal meant that he was able to delay the ban until the hearing. (Daily Express)

Walker set to be fit

Hearts have breathed a sigh of relief after it was revealed that Jamie Walker could be fit to face Celtic this weekend.

A lack of players has already caused manager Gary Locke a few headaches as the transfer embargo bites. (Daily Record)

Hibs ‘can regain form’

Terry Butcher is confident Hibs can regain their scoring form after finding the net just twice in four games.

The Hibs boss says giving the players confidence could be the key to unlocking their full potential. (Daily Record)

No fear of Celtic

Gary Locke says it’s important for the young Hearts squad to keep their heads up as they face Celtic this weekend just four weeks after the painful 7-0 thrashing dished out by the Glasgow side.

The Tynecastle boss says they must remain positive to perform better than in their previous meeting. (Sun)

Hearts hope

Inverness boss John Hughes says he hopes Hearts avoid the drop, despite having just pushed them closer to the edge at the weekend.

The former Hibs manager says the Edinburgh Derby is too important a fixture to lose. (Daily Express)

In Brief:

• Tim Sherwood is to take charge of Tottenham in an interim role after Spurs sacked Andre Villas-Boas as manager.

• Former Tottenham owner Alan Sugar questioned the appointment of Andre Villas-Boas after the Portuguese was sacked as manager on Monday morning.

• Luis Suarez credits a thick skin hardened on the streets and football pitches of Salto and Montevideo for his Liverpool redemption.

• Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is looking forward with confidence after learning his next Champions League opponents will be Barcelona.

• Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere should discover later today whether he will face a misconduct charge from the Football Association and a possible ban from the top-of-the-table Barclays Premier League showdown against Chelsea.

• Darren Fletcher has won the most important battle of his life and now he is aiming to restore Manchester United to their long-held position as England’s top club.

• Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes Sunderland should “play the kids” in Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup quarter-final and rest their first team for the battle against relegation.

• Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng believes Arsenal are the toughest opponents the reigning European champions could have drawn to face in the first knock-out round.

• Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has warned his players not to expect a weakened Chelsea team as they attempt to book a place in the capital One Cup semi-finals.

• Cardiff manager Malky Mackay has faced a stinging rebuke from club owner Vincent Tan after revealing his plans to make new signings in January.

• The UK has “systematically failed” to deal with the safety risks posed by football fans who insist on standing at matches, a Lib Dem MP has said.