Hearts/Hibs round-up: Hibs cup jinx| Gary Locke

Terry Butcher will be hoping Hibs can overcome their history with Ross County. Picture: SNS
Terry Butcher will be hoping Hibs can overcome their history with Ross County. 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.

Locke confident

Gary Locke is sure Hearts can hand Celtic a shock defeat this weekend in the Scottish Cup.

The youthful Tynecastle side have a huge task ahead of them as Celtic will be looking to bounce back after last night’s Champions League loss. (Daily Record)

Collins challenge

Terry Butcher has challenged James Collins to up his game and claim the starting place as a striker, after Paul Heffernan was ruled out for a month with an injury.

Collins joined Hibs earlier this year but has scored just twice in 15 games. (Daily Mail)

Holt out for 10 weeks

Jason Holt is looking at around 10 weeks rehabilitation after surgery to repair a broken bone in his foot.

The young Hearts star picked up the injury during a freak training incident. (Daily Mail)

Butcher says Hibs can prevail

Previous form paints a grim picture for Hibs in this weekend’s Scottish Cup clash against Ross County in Dingwall, but Terry Butcher is confident they can overcome the past.

Hibs have never won against County in any competition, while Butcher has never left a match in Dingwall victorious. (Daily Record)

Hartley tops Caley list

Ex-Hearts man Paul Hartley is set to talk to Inverness about their managerial vacancy after Terry Butcher went to Hibs.

The Alloa Athletic boss is thought to be on the shortlist, along with John Hughes, Kenny Sheils, Chris Sutton, and Craig Levein. (Daily Express)

In Brief:

• Celtic defender Mikael Lustig admitted he has endured a week to forget after watching both his World Cup and Champions League dreams evaporate in the space of eight days.

• Manchester United suffered a scare on their arrival in Germany on Tuesday when they had to abort their landing at Cologne airport.

• David Moyes is happy that Wayne Rooney has the fire back in his belly even if it might land him in a spot of bother on occasion.

• Arsene Wenger challenged his Arsenal players to “finish the job” and guarantee their place in the last 16 of the Champions League with a positive result in Napoli after beating Group F whipping boys Marseille 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium.

• Jose Mourinho plans to rotate his squad throughout December after witnessing Chelsea’s less than convincing progress to the Champions League knockout stages.

• Manchester City playmaker Samir Nasri claims the team have no intention of easing up following Sunday’s 6-0 thrashing of Tottenham.