Hearts/Hibs round-up: Derby fallout

Jordon Forster. Picture: PA
Jordon Forster. Picture: PA
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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.

Hibs ‘can survive’

Jordon Forster is confident Hibs will survive in the Scottish Premiership if they repeat their derby performance in the final three games of the season.

Forster headed home midway through the second half but he had twice been beaten in the air by Callum Paterson late in the first half as the Hearts full-back sealed a 2-1 victory that left their Edinburgh rivals in relegation danger.

Derby ‘could move to Championship’

Hearts hero Callum Paterson would not be too disappointed to see Hibs join Hearts in the Scottish Championship next season.

He said: “You never know, football’s a weird game, but we would like to have a few more derbies in the future, so if they come down, maybe it wouldn’t be such a bad thing.”

Locke backs Hibs

Meanwhile Gary Locke has backed Hibs to stay in the Premiership, despite beating them 2-1 in the derby.

He said that if Hibs play their remaining games with the same spirit and determination then they should avoid relegation. (Daily Express)

Butcher confident

Terry Butcher says he has never been more confident of Hibs staying up, and the derby loss was the best they have played in a while.

He said: “Two poor pieces of marking and all our good work was undone”. (Daily Record)

In brief:

• Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers insists his team can still win the Barclays Premier League but captain Steven Gerrard’s costly slip and Chelsea’s “two buses” tactics dealt their prospects a major setback.

• Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was rewarded for a remarkable season by landing the Professional Footballers’ Association’s Player of the Year award on Sunday night.

• Arsenal will be out to take a huge step towards securing Champions League qualification once more with victory over Newcastle on Monday night, when Magpies boss Alan Pardew returns to the touchline after a seven-match suspension.

• Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet urged striker Connor Wickham to write his name in Wearside folklore.

• Rio Ferdinand wants to be part of Manchester United’s plans next year regardless of who is in charge.

• Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has backed Shola Ameobi to follow him into management.