Hearts/Hibs round-up: Butcher ref rage| Adam King

Terry Butcher has words with referee Craig Thomson. Picture: SNS
Terry Butcher has words with referee Craig Thomson. 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 vows silence over ref

Terry Butcher was raging after a handball ruling gave Celtic their second goal, but held back from criticising referee Craig Thomson in case of reprisals.

He said: “If I say what I really think about the referee’s performance then I’d be in trouble with Mr Lunny, so I’m not going there.” (Various)

King to be unveiled

Hearts youngster Adam King looks set to be unveiled at Swansea City today, as the 18-year-old is said to have agreed personal terms with the club.

King is thought to be changing hands for the price of £250,000, and has already said his goodbyes to Tynecastle players and staff. (Sun)

Butcher surprise at Celtic score

Hibs manager Terry Butcher, like most people at Easter Road, was surprised by the eventual margin of Celtic’s 4-0 victory yesterday.

“We didn’t deserve to lose 4-0,” he said. “We made their keeper work harder than Celtic made ours work which sounds contradictory given the scoreline.”

Hearts ‘deserved win’

Ross County defender Brian McLean says not only did Hearts deserve to win in Dingwall on Saturday, but they could easily have scored a few more before half time.

“Hearts were the better team and they fully deserved their three points. We could have been four or five down at halftime.” (Daily Express)

No mercy

Teemu Pukki insists there will be no let-up in Celtic’s desire to maintain their domestic dominance after a 4-0 win over Hibernian at Easter Road on Sunday extended their unbeaten run in the Scottish Premiership to 22 games.

The Finland international, 23, replaced Nir Biton at the interval with the champions 1-0 ahead thanks to an early Kris Commons strike.

In Brief:

• Juan Mata insists he has joined Manchester United to win the Barclays Premier League title.

• Oscar once again justified the faith Jose Mourinho has shown in him as Chelsea began life without Juan Mata with a FA Cup victory to set-up a tantalising showdown with Manchester City.

• Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has hinted that he could pursue a permanent deal for Victor Moses if the winger continues to improve his performances in training.

• Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho claims Manchester City will be the team with “everything to lose” when the Premier League giants clash in the fifth round of the FA Cup next month.