Hearts/Hibs round-up: Locke axe?| Butcher pressure

Gary Locke. Picture: Ian Georgeson
Gary Locke. Picture: Ian Georgeson
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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 axe?

Gary Locke could see his term as Hearts manager come to an end when Ann Budge takes over as executive chairman.

Budge is thought to favour a more experienced manager like Craig Levein or Peter Houston. (Sun)

Butcher gets letters

Hibernian boss Terry Butcher hopes to deliver a boost to the long-suffering Leith support after admitting he has received letters spelling out their anger.

The former England captain made a positive start to his tenure at Easter Road but says he is now feeling the heat from the Hibs faithful.

Locke anguish at gap after loss

Gary Locke says not having a match in the fortnight since their League Cup heartache at the hands of Inverness has been absolute torture.

He says that after the penalty shoot-out loss he’s keen to get back on track. (Daily Record)

Duncan a legend in making

Duncan Watmore reminds Terry Butcher of legends Jimmy Johnstone and Sir Stanley Matthews, saying he won’t be put off by heavy handed tactics.

The young on-loan star’s performance gave Hibs fans something to cheer about during their cup loss to Raith Rovers. (Daily Express)

In brief:

• Celtic manager Neil Lennon has set his team the target of going the whole Scottish Premiership season unbeaten in order to move on from their William Hill Scottish Cup exit.

• Manager Ally McCoist claims Rangers fans can be happy at the moment despite the club’s ongoing struggle to restore the good times.

• Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has hailed the impact of Willo Flood amid reports the midfielder is in line for a Republic of Ireland call-up.

• Kilmarnock manager Allan Johnston has welcomed the ambition of Kris Boyd to test himself at a higher level.

• Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald has revealed he failed in a bid to sign former Hearts midfielder Ruben Palazuelos.

• Stenhousemuir striker John Gemmell has escaped with a warning over his Twitter rant at Rangers manager Ally McCoist.

• Title rivals Manchester City and Chelsea are set to renew hostilities as they meet in the FA Cup fifth round this weekend.

• Cardiff have claimed that ‘’imprudent and careless management’’ has cost them “in excess” of £8.5million over their signing of unsuccessful striker Andreas Cornelius.