Hearts/Hibs round-up: Hearts hope| Hibs unleashed

Danny Wilson. Picture: Ian Rutherford
Danny Wilson. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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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.

Brown says ‘put loss behind you’

Billy Brown insists Hearts cannot travel to play Celtic on Saturday still thinking about the demoralising 7-0 thrashing at the hands of the Hoops at the start of the month.

The Parkhead side wiped the floor with the administration-hit Jambos, but Hearts assistant Brown said: “There is no good going through and thinking you are going to get beat 7-0 again. People like to paint a picture of doom and gloom but really, everyone is bouncy and still up for it.” (Edinburgh Evening News)

Hibs ‘limited by Fenlon style’

Maurice Malpas says Hibs were limited by the style of play asked of them by Pat Fenlon, as the new management team were pleasantly surprised by the squad’s level of fitness.

With some newly-found confidence, Hibs are hoping to overcome a poor home league record this Christmas. (Daily Mail)

Wilson backed for Scotland

Hearts captain Danny Wilson will reclaim his Scotland place, according to Billy Brown.

Brown praised the 21-year-old, who has been playing with shin splints as Hearts injury worries have deepened. (Daily Record)

Ban ‘not an issue’

Maurice Malpas says Terry Butcher’s touchline ban will make no difference as Hibs take on St Johnstone.

He said: “We work together closely so it won’t be a case of me worrying if I have to change anything. I will just do it.” (Edinburgh Evening News)

Celtic warning

Celtic assistant manager Johan Mjallby has warned his players not to expect they will thrash Hearts again.

Mjallby told Celtic TV: “It’s not easy for them as they are a very young team and confidence-wise they have been struggling a wee bit lately. But the main thing is not for us to go in and think it’s going to be 7-0 all over again.”

Rangers fears

The Rangers board and supporters have been warned they have got one last chance to save the club from oblivion.

Andy Kerr, president of the Rangers Supporters Assembly, fears the club will not survive another financial catastrophe following their liquidation crisis last summer.

In Brief:

• Cardiff manager Malky Mackay has been told to resign or face being sacked by the Welsh club’s owner Vincent Tan.

• Manager Brendan Rodgers will hope striker Luis Suarez can continue his remarkable home form to fire Liverpool back to the top of the table.

• Brendan Rodgers is relieved he ended up as manager of Liverpool and not Tottenham.

• Arsenal must plan to start their hectic festive schedule without midfielder Jack Wilshere after the Football Association confirmed his two-match ban for an offensive hand gesture made towards Manchester City fans.

• Manchester City’s depth of squad looks set to be put to the test over the busy Christmas period.

• Manager Jose Mourinho is fearful of an end to his stranglehold over Arsene Wenger unless Chelsea can overcome continual failings in Monday’s clash at Premier League leaders Arsenal.

• Patrice Evra believes the ‘Manchester United spirit’ is required to lift the Red Devils back up the Premier League.

• Newcastle boss Alan Pardew knows what a complicating factor the Europa League is - but he still wants to be in it.

• Leicester face their second top-of-the-table clash in a week when they travel to Loftus Road to take on Championship leaders QPR on Saturday.

• Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has vowed not to meddle in his players’ club affairs.