Hearts/Hibs round-up: Hibs owe fans| Paul McCallum

Terry Butcher says the Hibs players owe the fans. Picture: SNS
Terry Butcher says the Hibs players owe the fans. 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.

You owe the fans

Hibernian manager Terry Butcher has told his players they have nine “cup finals” to save their season following their shock defeat by Raith Rovers.

The Hibs boss has told them to repay the fans by launching a charge for the Scottish Premiership top six.

Holt out for Inverness

Various news agencies have reported that Hearts midfielder Jason Holt will not be risked against Inverness on Saturday. But, after we revealed on Monday that he had just returned to training following a broken foot, his availability for the trip to the Highlands was hardly ever likely.

Holt suffered the injury in training three months ago and manager Gary Locke will not rush him back.

Butcher unable to sleep

Terry Butcher has been unable to sleep since Hibs’ loss to Raith.

He described the devastating Cup exit as “a kick in the nuts.” (Daily Express)

McCallum unleashed

The Sun has picked up on our story yesterday on how Gary Locke is hoping new loan signing Paul McCallum will be a formidable weapon against Inverness.

He said: “We haven’t brought Paul up here to be a fringe player. We’ve brought him up here to play.” Read our story here: http://bit.ly/1h7uwmM

In brief:

• Celtic full-back Adam Matthews admits their cup disappointment has shifted greater emphasis on to their record attempts in the league.

• Rangers captain Lee McCulloch feels his team could be on the verge of a special season as they chase silverware on three fronts.

• A union of Kilmarnock fans groups has stated its intention to bid for the club - if they become debt-free.

• Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara has backed teenager Andrew Robertson to handle a Scotland call-up.

• David Moyes believes he was awarded a six-year contract to replace Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United manager because the club’s hierarchy realised what a big job it was.

• Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes his side underlined just why they are the ‘little horse’ in this season’s Barclays Premier League title race.

• Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claimed Craig Bellamy’s reputation earned him a three-match ban for violent conduct and not the incident itself.

• Mesut Ozil must focus on what convinced Arsenal to make him the club’s record signing rather than become obsessed with living up to expectations, according to manager Arsene Wenger.