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.
‘Don’t lose sight of Hearts goal’
Foundation of Hearts boss Ian Murray MP has pleaded with fans not to be distracted from their efforts to save the administration-hit club by Billy Brown’s departure from Tynecastle.
The fans group hope to complete a takeover of the club that will save it from liquidation within weeks but chairman Murray is concerned Brown’s departure could take away vital focus from the all-important rescue bid.
Butcher aims for thrifty transfer deals
Hibs boss Terry Butcher has only spent £8,000 on transfers during his time managing in Scotland and says it is unlikely he will add to that meagre tally while in charge at Easter Road.
The former England skipper’s predecessor Pat Fenlon shelled out £200,000 to bring Swindon striker James Collins north during the summer.
Driver heads home
Ex-Hearts winger Andy Driver has returned to Scotland after he failed to grab a deal with English championship side Yeovil.
Boss Gary Johnson says there were fitness issues with Driver and there wouldn’t have been time to sort them out. (Daily Mail)
Harris is new Walcott
Alex Harris could be Scotland’s own Theo Walcott, according to Terry Butcher.
Butcher sees Harris as a possibly goal-threat as he continues to recover from a broken ankle. (Daily Express)
• Rangers first-team squad have rejected a proposed 15 per cent pay cut, it is understood.
• Kris Commons believes his sizzling form for Celtic this season has been aided and abetted by his retirement from the Scotland set-up.
• Ayr United striker Michael Moffat has been handed an immediate six-match ban for breaching football betting rules.
• St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright has spoken to David Goodwillie about a move to the McDiarmid Park club.
• Teenagers John Souttar and Ryan Gauld will miss Dundee United’s visit to Ross County on Saturday after being sent on a sunshine break.
• Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes admits he expected Gregg Wylde to show more fight to win a place in the team after the winger left Pittodrie for St Mirren.
• Kilmarnock manager Allan Johnston will assess the fitness of defender Ismael Bouzid and winger David Silva before finalising his January transfer plans.
• Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald is still looking to add to his squad but is finding the January transfer market difficult.
• Ross County manager Derek Adams will not force any player out of the exit door in January despite looking to add to his signing spree.
• Mauricio Pochettino has not ruled out working under mentor Nicola Cortese again in future, leaving the door open for a summer exit from Southampton.
• Robin van Persie insists his Manchester United boss David Moyes will turn things around - and the timing could not be better than at Chelsea on Sunday.
• New Chelsea signing Nemanja Matic is eager to be involved in Sunday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Manchester United.
• Manager Arsene Wenger feels Arsenal’s rotating midfield “engine” is showing no signs of fatigue as the Gunners look to last the distance in the Barclays Premier League title race.
• Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes his side could be attacking the Barclays Premier League with two world-class strikers in the near future if Daniel Sturridge maintains his progress.
• Manager Rene Meulensteen maintains Fulham already have enough quality in their squad to secure Barclays Premier League survival, even if they are not able to bring in any of their transfer targets - but will not be making any more comments over potential new recruits like he did with West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison.
• Manchester City are odds-on to make it a remarkable 100 goals this season when they face Cardiff on Saturday as the relentless march of Manuel Pellegrini’s men continues in all four competitions.
• Hull manager Steve Bruce has hailed the club’s divisive owner Assem Allam for pledging a “colossal sum of money” to fund moves for Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long.
• Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Kieran Lee has emphasised how much he and his team-mates are enjoying working under caretaker boss Stuart Gray, who he feels has “brought belief back” at the club.