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.
Hearts in fresh embargo bid
Bryan Jackson of Hearts’ administrators BDO says the club will launch a second bid to have their transfer embargo lifted next week, and a number of players willing to play for a nominal fee are thought to be waiting in the wings.
A previous attempt was thrown out by the SPFL at the end of last year, but it is hoped this fresh bid could help cut the threadbare squad some slack. (Various)
Butcher eyes Murphy
Hibs are hopeful of landing Sheffield United’s Jamie Murphy in the transfer window.
Terry Butcher is keen to sign a loan deal for the 24-year-old
Vlad’s to blame
Dylan McGowan has hit out at the previous Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov over the lack of clarity when the club first hit trouble.
McGowan says the players had no warning and only found out the club had gone into administration when the newspapers did. (Sun)
Vine looks further afield
Rowan Vine has admitted he would be keen to leave Hibs rather than continue at Easter Road as a fringe player.
Vine has failed to bother the starting team since Terry Butcher’s arrival, and has reportedly been told he will be free to go. (Daily Record)
Hearts are hopeful that Danny Wilson will be fit to face Motherwell this weekend.
Wilson has been out with tonsillitis, and it is hoped Gary Oliver will also have recovered from an ankle injury. (Daily Record)
• St Mirren’s Paul McGowan has been sentenced to 130 hours of unpaid work and a one-year supervision order for attacking two police officers at Airdrie Sheriff Court.
• Danny Williams and Carl Tremarco have both signed two-year contract extensions with Inverness.
• The 2022 World Cup in Qatar looks likely to be played in November after FIFA’s secretary general stated that the tournament “will not be in June or July”.
• Manchester City were at their ruthless best as they thrashed West Ham 6-0 to all but book a place in the Capital One Cup final.
• Under-fire Sam Allardyce vowed to fight on but admitted results must improve after Manchester City piled on the misery for his beleaguered West Ham side.
• Danny Welbeck admits Manchester United’s current plight is hurting him.
• Thomas Hitzlsperger hopes that revealing he is gay will advance the “discussion” about sexuality in sport.