Hearts/Hibs round-up: Butcher fury| Sam Nicholson

Sam Nicholson. Picture: SNS
Sam Nicholson. 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 anger

Terry Butcher has warned the Hibs players that he will strand them in Inverness if they don’t improve on the poor performance against Motherwell.

He said: “Perhaps we’ll play better away from Easter Road. (Sun)

Sam needs protection

Gary Locke says referees need to give more protection to Sam Nicholson, after Kilmarnock tried to shut him down last week.

Nicholson scored in the loss despite the fact that the ref awarded five free kicks for fouls on the 19-year-old. (Daily Express)

Caley will miss pair

Caley Thistle will be without the suspended Greg Tansey and Marley Watkins against Hibs after both were sent off on Sunday for studs-up challenges on Dundee United midfielder Paul Paton.

John Hughes did not believe either deserved to be sent off but any appeal would rule them out of the cup final if unsuccessful.

Hughes wants rebound

Inverness manager John Hughes feels Wednesday’s visit of Hibernian can help his side get back on track before their first cup final - and help him pick his team.

The Scottish Premiership game comes four days before the League Cup final against Aberdeen at Celtic Park, but it gives Inverness the chance to bounce back from successive 5-0 defeats against Celtic and Dundee United, the latter in the William Hill Scottish Cup last eight.

In brief:

• Leigh Griffiths has not set himself any goal targets for the season - but is confident he can add to his Celtic goal tally at Kilmarnock on Friday night.

• Ciaran Donnelly grabbed a glory goal for Albion Rovers in their William Hill Scottish Cup quarter-final tie against Rangers at Ibrox on Sunday but departed Govan “devastated” following Bilel Mohsni’s late equaliser.

• Manager Arsene Wenger hopes Arsenal will not be left to reflect on any more decisions going against his side as they look to pull off a shock Champions League win in Bayern Munich on Tuesday night.

• Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is facing the prospect of a possible stadium ban at a disciplinary hearing today after admitting a misconduct charge for headbutting Hull midfielder David Meyler.