Hearts/Hibs round-up: Locke ‘safe’| Ben Williams

Gary Locke has been backed by administrators. Picture: SNS

Gary Locke has been backed by administrators. 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.

Hearts fail in transfer bid

Hearts’ administrators have failed in a bid to have their transfer embargo lifted.

A Company Voluntary Arrangement has been accepted but the club’s exit from administration cannot be completed until the Foundation of Hearts, the prospective owners, secures a deal with the people in charge of Lithuanian majority shareholder UBIG.

Williams hits back

Hibs keeper Ben Williams has denied Dundee United boss Jackie McNamara’s claims that he should have been sent off for pulling back Gary Mackay-Steven.

Williams says that despite his mistake, the offside flag had already been raised so the referee was right not to take action. (Sun)

Gary Locke ‘safe’

Hearts joint-administrator Bryan Jackson has insisted that boss Gary Locke’s job is safe.

“We’re sticking with Gary and hopefully Gary’s sticking with us,” Jackson said. “He’s shown fantastic loyalty since we went into administration and we have to show the same to him.” (Edinburgh Evening News)

Butcher hails Heffernan return

Hibs boss Terry Butcher has hailed the return of striker Paul Heffernan, saying that it coincides with the team rediscovering their scoring touch.

He said: “The players can take a lot of credit for Sunday’s performance.” (Daily Express)

Brad believes

Hearts kid Brad McKay says that the club still believe they can avoid relegation, despite being 19 points adrift at the bottom of the Premiership.

He says that while Hearts may be short on wins, a positive attitude is the only way they can improve the situation. (Various)

In Brief:

• Teemu Pukki has proven himself as a top-class striker and will do the same at Celtic if given time, according to his international manager, Mixu Paatelainen.

• Celtic have seen their winter break plans hit by the cancellation of their flight to Turkey.

• Manchester United fans must have patience with David Moyes, insists former Scotland boss Craig Brown.

• Rangers manager Ally McCoist can partly understand Ian Black’s costly reaction to what he is described as “ridiculous” challenges.

• Aberdeen defender Mark Reynolds feels their refusal to accept anything other than victory is the key factor in their rejuvenation.

• Morton have handed former Scotland striker Garry O’Connor the chance to resurrect his career.

• Defender Sanel Jahic has joined Gwion Edwards in departing St Johnstone.

• Partick Thistle have cancelled the contracts of Hugh Murray and Gerry O’Donnell.

• Arsene Wenger may be forced to re-evaluate Arsenal’s January transfer plans following the loss of Theo Walcott to a knee injury which will rule the England forward out for the rest of the season and shatter his World Cup dream.

• Anders Lindegaard insists it will not be long before Manchester United are back at English football’s top table.

• Gus Poyet is backing Manchester United old boys Wes Brown and John O’Shea to help pile the misery on their former club as Sunderland bid for Capital One Cup glory.

• The Premier League insists Mark Clattenburg will be considered as a match official for Southampton matches despite the club suggesting it would be very difficult for him to do so.

• Former West Ham striker Tony Cottee says it would be harsh to judge Sam Allardyce on recent results given the club’s current injury woes - which were lessened slightly with the loan signing of Wolves defender Roger Johnson.

• Gareth Barry feels his fellow Everton midfielder Ross Barkley should be “absolutely nailed on” for a place in England’s World Cup squad this summer.

• Liverpool defender Kolo Toure believes a confident Raheem Sterling will provide a test for any opponent.

• Swansea midfielder Jonathan de Guzman has cited the negative reaction from the Old Trafford stands as one of the major reason’s behind his club’s historic FA Cup win at Manchester United.

• Charlie Adam insists he has nothing to prove to his detractors.