Hearts/Hibs round-up: Hearts future| Rowan Vine

Michael Nelson, the Phantom of the Opera, according to Terry Butcher. Picture: SNS
Michael Nelson, the Phantom of the Opera, according to Terry Butcher. 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.

Hearts could wait another week

Hearts could be forced to wait another week before they find out if they can move beyond administration, as Ukio Bankas and UBIG could call for another deferral.

The meeting was originally meant to take place last week but was pushed back to tomorrow.

Vine could face suspension

Hibs star Rowan Vine will today discover if he will receive a suspension over tweets which allegedly suggested the use of violence against Neil Lennon.

The case is being heard at Hampden this morning, and comes as a result of a Twitter row where Lennon accused Hibs of using “rugby-esque” tackling. (Daily Mail)

Smith says Hearts can win

Ex-Hearts keeper Henry Smith has backed the Jambos to throw Celtic out of their second competition in the space of a week.

He says Hearts can beat Celtic in the Scottish Cup match if the young squad plays smart and gives nothing away at the back. (Daily Record)

Phantom Nelson in good spirits

Michael Nelson has been the butt of the jokes among the Hibs squad this week, as a protective face mask he wears for a broken cheekbone makes him look like the Phantom of the Opera.

Terry Butcher was quick to point out the comparison, but Nelson says he is happy to give the lads a laugh as he enjoys the positive spirit at the club right now. (Daily Express)

In Brief:

• Six members of an alleged betting syndicate have been arrested on suspicion of fixing English football matches, police said.

• The stadium due to stage the opening match at next summer’s World Cup will be the subject of urgent safety checks after two construction workers died in a horrific accident.

• Joe Hart made an error-free return to action but Manchester City left it late to secure victory over Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League.

• David Moyes has claimed Ryan Giggs is getting even better.

• Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas insists he is too thick-skinned to worry about any criticism of his regime.

• Swansea winger Pablo Hernandez is desperate to get the chance to feature against former club Valencia tonight having missed Swansea’s memorable Mestalla masterclass.

• Owen Coyle is already dreaming of landing one of Europe’s big fish as Wigan attempt to clinch qualification for the knockout stages of the Europa League.

• Cesar Azpilicueta is optimistic of a collective Chelsea improvement as the Blues bid for trophies.

• Mesut Ozil will always provide Arsenal with an extra threat to open up defences - and there is plenty more to come from the £43million man, according to team-mate Per Mertesacker.