Hearts/Hibs round-up: Butcher ban| Locke boost

Terry Butcher will today find out if his appeal has been successful. Picture: SNS

Terry Butcher will today find out if his appeal has been successful. 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 sweats over ban

Terry Butcher will find out today if he will be banned from the dugout for his first home game in charge of Hibs.

Butcher appealed against the two-match ban landed on him for “aggressive” conduct during his time in Inverness. (Daily Mail)

Locke lifted by Smith

Gary Locke has been given a lift by chairman of the Managers and Coaches Association Alex Smith, as he gave the Hearts boss words of hope and encouragement following their 7-0 drubbing on Sunday.

Smith phoned Locke in a bid to lift his spirits as he looks to dig Hearts out of the relegation zone. (Daily Record)

Craig vows to make amends

New Hibs captain Liam Craig is keen to make amends against Partick Thistle this weekend after he was jeered by fans for missing a sitter in the League Cup loss to Hearts last month.

“Saturday is a big chance for us to get back to winning ways at Easter Road,” he said. (Daily Express)

Hearts thrashing ‘felt good’

Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk insists the seven-goal thrashing of Hearts helped him get over his feelings of guilt following the Hoops’ European exit.

Neil Lennon’s side lost 3-0 to AC Milan last week to deny themselves a shot at the Champions League last 16 and even the safety net of a place in the Europa League.

Hughes to continue Terry’s trend

John Hughes vowed to change nothing at Inverness after being appointed manager of a club which hit new highs under his predecessor Terry Butcher.

The former Falkirk, Hibernian and Livingston boss takes over a team sitting second in the Scottish Premiership, with a League Cup semi-final against Hearts to look forward to as well as a fifth-round William Hill Scottish Cup tie against Clyde or Stranraer.

In Brief:

• Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara claimed Nadir Ciftci was innocent of any charge after the referees union criticised the leniency of his punishment for manhandling a linesman.

• Striker Luis Suarez has pledged to carry on scoring the goals which will fire Liverpool back into the Champions League.

• Everton manager Roberto Martinez expressed his pride at the way his team approached their task after they triumphed 1-0 at Manchester United.

• Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward insists the club do not need to keep winning trophies to remain attractive to sponsors.

• Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger knows it is still too early to write off any side’s hope of winning the Barclays Premier League after his men maintained their four-point advantage with a 2-0 win over Hull at the Emirates Stadium.

• Jose Mourinho has challenged Chelsea to pile the pressure on Barclays Premier League leaders Arsenal by claiming a second successive away victory.

• Midfielder Yaya Toure believes Manchester City can now build on the confidence gained from a precious away victory.

• Hugo Lloris’ “decisive saves” in a 2-1 victory at Fulham will allow the France goalkeeper to realise his rich Tottenham potential, according to Andre Villas-Boas.

• Adam Lallana was left scratching his head after Southampton somehow managed to lose to Aston Villa and vowed to make amends against Manchester City this weekend.

• Jonjo Shelvey produced a midfield masterclass but still managed to catch the eye for the wrong reasons during Swansea’s 3-0 win over Newcastle.

• Mark Hughes was happy with the way his Stoke side responded to their thrashing at Everton despite being held to a goalless draw at home by Cardiff.