Hearts/Hibs round-up: Locke plea| Jordon Forster

Gary Locke fears losing more players. Picture: SNS

Gary Locke fears losing more players. 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 plea

Gary Locke has pleaded with administrators not to let the threadbare Hearts squad get any thinner during the January transfer window.

With the pressure on the young squad, Locke has already accepted that he won’t be able to bring in any new players next month. (Daily Mail).

Next Butcher

Jordon Forster could be the next Terry Butcher, according to Terry Butcher, as the Hibs boss reckons the 20-year-old will make a big impact.

Butcher says the two are almost exactly alike, except Forster has a better right foot. (Daily Record)

Young squad pride

Gary Locke admitted it was only a matter of time before his young Hearts side were on the receiving end of a thrashing like the one dished out by Celtic at the weekend.

But Locke claims the surprising thing for some is the fact his inexperienced side - which contains just three players older than the squad average of 22 - have not suffered so harshly more often.

Hibs a tough task

Hibs look to be a lot tougher for Partick Thistle tomorrow, as Jags boss Alan Archibald knows Terry Butcher will have the Easter Road side fired up.

Partick appeared to get the better of Hibs last time they met despite losing the match, but Archibald has warned that it will be a different Hibs side. (Daily Express)

In Brief:

• Celtic’s clash with Motherwell tonight is more important than next week’s trip to Barcelona, according to manager Neil Lennon.

• Motherwell midfielder Steven Hammell insists not even a win against Scottish Premiership champions Celtic will make up for last Saturday’s disaster against Albion Rovers.

• Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is looking for his players to draw inspiration from striker Luis Suarez.

• Phil Jagielka has claimed former boss David Moyes was let down in the summer by the men responsible for bringing new players to Manchester United.

• Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is hoping his injury woes for this season are finally behind him.

• Gary Cahill is backing Chelsea’s old heads to guide their younger team-mates through the fight for Barclays Premier League glory.

• Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta is in no doubt Everton deserve their place at the top end of the Barclays Premier League, but will be out to derail his old side’s good form this weekend.

• Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa has admitted it should be no problem for him to play on the left.