Hearts/Hibs round-up: Locke future| Butcher warns

Gary Locke is focused on Hearts' survival. Picture: SNS
Gary Locke is focused on Hearts' survival. 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 in no rush over future

Gary Locke says he is in no rush to enter talks with Ann Budge on his future at Hearts, after rumours that she would look to bring in a new manager.

Locke says he is more focused on the survival of the club. (Daily Record)

Butcher wary of Boyd

Terry Butcher is wary of facing Kilmarnock’s Kris Boyd, saying he is more dangerous now than when he was firing in goals for Rangers.

Boyd is one of the main threats Hibs face this weekend and Butcher reckons he has only improved with age. (Sun)

Call to embrace Celtic challenge

Hearts manager Gary Locke expects his players to “embrace” the challenge of taking points from Celtic when the champions visit Tynecastle on Saturday.

Neil Lennon’s league leaders have won on their last four trips to Tynecastle, including a 7-0 mauling dished out in the previous Edinburgh encounter.

Terry warning

Terry Butcher has warned Hibs they’ll have to better the performance which saw them beat Kilmarnock 3-0 if they are to clock up a third successive win over the Rugby Park outfit.

The display, in the final Scottish Premiership game of 2013, was judged by many to have been the Easter Road side’s best of the season, but Butcher says they’ll need to top that. (Full story in today’s Edinburgh Evening News)

In brief:

• Rangers chief executive Graham Wallace issued a “categoric” assurance they were not at risk of administration after the club announced that two shareholders were set to plug a funding gap.

• Celtic defender Efe Ambrose claims team-mate Fraser Forster can be the best goalkeeper in the world.

• St Johnstone: St Johnstone goalkeeper Alan Mannus has signed a one-year contract extension.

• Kilmarnock assistant manager Sandy Clark has tipped Kris Boyd to bounce back from his Scotland disappointment in the professional manner he has displayed throughout the season.

• Ross County striker Kevin Luckassen is set to sign for Slovan Liberec after the Czech side had a bid accepted.

• Motherwell boss Stuart McCall insists he has no qualms about giving youth a chance against Dundee United after revealing he could be without as many as eight players for Friday’s Scottish Premiership clash.

• Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has told his players they can boost their international prospects by securing glory for the Dons.

• Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara believes his side have every right to feel confident going into Friday night’s Scottish Premiership match with Motherwell at Tannadice.

• Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood has promised his side will deliver the goods next week when they welcome Dnipro to White Hart Lane, having lost to them in Ukraine on Thursday night.

• Napoli boss Rafael Benitez praised Swansea and their rookie head coach Garry Monk after seeing his team held 0-0 at the Liberty Stadium.

• Sam Allardyce has branded allegations that he pressed Ravel Morrison to switch agents as “completely unfounded”.

• Ray Wilkins has revealed he suffered from depression during his playing and coaching career and received treatment for the illness at the Sporting Chance clinic.