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.
Ex-Hibs hero Derek Riordan has warned Ryan Stevenson not to go to China after it was claimed a Shanghai club was tracking the Hearts star.
Riordan says that despite the money, the lifestyle and coaching culture can be a huge shock. (Sun)
Butcher hits back
Terry Butcher has hit out at Kenny Shiels, after his claim that job preference is given to managers who have played for the Old firm.
However, the former Rangers player said your CV was what’s important, along with what you can do. (Various)
Hearts have injury concerns, with Ryan Stevenson struggling with a hamstring injury and second-choice goalkeeper Mark Ridgers set to go under the knife to cure a knee problem that will sideline him for around four weeks.
Gary Locke said: “Ryan’s still got a problem with his hamstring. It’s not great because he’s been doing very well for us and he’s obviously one of the more experienced players in the team.
“It’ll be a huge blow if he’s missing but we’ve just got to wait and see.
Caldwell row sorted
Terry Butcher says he has resolved the issue with Ross Caldwell after the player pushed away his offer of a handshake when he was subbed during the 1-0 win over Ross County.
Butcher says the matter was put to bed after a chat with the 20-year-old. (Daily Record)
Locke forced his Hearts players to sit through a torturous film of Sunday’s 7-0 calamity in the hope of scaring them into avoiding another embarrassment in future.
The Hearts boss says the freak result would not be repeated and is confident his young squad can move on. (Daily Express)
Hibs star James McPake is to have surgery on his back, after a long-term injury which has previously prompted some to speculate that his career may be over.
However, Terry Butcher says he will return before the end of the season. (Daily Record)
Hearts must respond
Hearts manager Gary Locke insists his players must make amends to supporters by bouncing back from their thrashing at the hands of Celtic when they face Dundee United.
The Jambos were sent crashing out of the William Hill Scottish Cup in humiliating style on Sunday after slumping to a 7-0 loss to the holders.
Yogi wins Caley job
Ex-Hibs boss John Hughes is to be unveiled as Inverness manager today.
Hughes is expected to be announced as the replacement for Terry Butcher, who left for Easter Road last month.
The former Celtic defender looks to have secured the position ahead of Alloa boss Paul Hartley and former Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels, who this week stated that managers who had previously played with the Old Firm were favoured by Scottish Premiership clubs.
• Celtic boss Neil Lennon has been warned a January approach for Huddersfield striker James Vaughan will be met with short shrift.
• Nicky Clark hopes his four goals for Rangers against Forfar can act as the springboard for the rest of his season.
• Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill hailed David Healy as “an example to all current and future international players” after the country’s record goalscorer announced his retirement
• Arsene Wenger shrugs off claims by ‘Match of the Day’ pundits Alan Hansen and Alan Shearer that Arsenal will fail to win this season’s Barclays Premier League title.
• The burden of expectation weighs heavily on all of the Barclays Premier League title challengers but it is Manchester City who should feel it more than their rivals, according to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
• Steven Gerrard is pleased to be fulfilling his role as Liverpool’s creative force.
• David Moyes has reiterated he could not have turned down Manchester United as he prepares to face Everton for the first time since making the move from Goodison Park to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.
• Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker says his team will be out for revenge when they take on Fulham in Wednesday’s London derby at Craven Cottage.
• Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has challenged striker Christian Benteke to bounce back from his recent goal drought after seeing the Belgian go seven games without scoring.
• Everton manager Roberto Martinez is confident his side have the tactical flexibility to be able to cope with every challenge this season.
• Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will not discourage his players from dreaming as they attempt to maintain their places in the upper reaches of the Barclays Premier League table.
• West Brom boss Steve Clarke believes goalkeeper Ben Foster still has plenty of time to stake his claim for a place in England’s World Cup squad.