Hearts/Hibs round-up: Hearts fear| Hibs phone row

Jamie Hamill is keen for revenge. Picture: SNS
Jamie Hamill is keen for revenge. 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 overturns fine

Terry Butcher has failed to overturn a two-match ban but has had his £1,000 fine quashed following a Scottish Football Association Appellate Tribunal meeting at Hampden Park.

The Hibs boss was contesting a two-game suspension - one of which was suspended - he received last month for breaching rule 203 in a game against Dundee United in October when he was still in charge of Inverness.

Hearts squad fear

Hearts legend Gary Mackay is worried about Gary Locke’s squad facing Celtic so soon after the 7-0 Scottish Cup hammering.

He said: “What’s being asked of the Hearts team at the moment is just too much to cope with. (Sun)

Hibs coach phone row

Terry Butcher says that phoning coach Stevie Marsella while banished to the stands during the Ross County clash failed, because Marsella’s mum was blocking the line.

The Hibs boss says he started a row in the Marsella household after the coach was forced to shout “Mum, I’m at the game, get off”, before hanging up on her. (Various)

Hamill out for revenge

Jamie Hamill says Hearts owe Gary Locke a result after the 7-0 demolition of Hearts by Celtic, as the Tynecastle side head to Glasgow this weekend.

Hamill says he didn’t even want to leave the house after the defeat as he was so embarrassed. (Daily Record)

Griffiths ‘lacks desire’

Ex-Hibs star Leigh Griffiths has been told to up his game after he was taken off at halftime for Wolves.

Boss Kenny Jackett believes that Griffiths showed “a lack of desire” after he failed to score in another loss. (Daily Mail)

In Brief:

• A major Rangers fan group has demanded the rest of the board to back chief executive Graham Wallace’s promise to safeguard Ibrox.

• Jose Mourinho is reluctant to tear up his attacking blueprint despite seeing Chelsea allow a Capital One Cup semi-final place to slip from their grasp.

• Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero could be out of action for up to eight weeks, manager Manuel Pellegrini has suggested.

• Manuel Pellegrini moved closer to a first trophy in English football as Manchester City eased past Leicester into the Capital One Cup semi-finals.

• Cardiff manager Malky Mackay believes it is his “duty” to stay at the club despite controversial owner Vincent Tan’s criticism over the matter of strengthening the squad next month.

• Tim Sherwood hopes West Ham will be distracted by their precarious Premier League position when managerless Tottenham face their London rivals in Wednesday night’s Capital One Cup quarter-final.

• Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere must decide by 6pm on Wednesday if he will accept a charge from the Football Association over an alleged gesture made towards Manchester City fans, which will likely see him handed a one-match ban and fine.

• Manchester United manager David Moyes has revealed Danny Welbeck is doing extra training in a bid to make more of an impact at Old Trafford.

• Stoke manager Mark Hughes believes Manchester United’s Adnan Januzaj needs to learn to cope better with the physical demands of English football - and could learn a lot from Ryan Giggs.

• West Ham manager Sam Allardyce accepts you probably have to be “crazy” to want to be a football manager, but there is no other job he would rather have.

• Sheffield Wednesday chairman Milan Mandaric has given Owls caretaker boss Stuart Gray the whole festive period to prove himself, starting with Wednesday night’s Sky Bet Championship game against Wigan.