Hearts/Hibs round-up: MacDonald|Butcher signings

Inverness Caledonian Thistle's manager John Hughes  celebrates with Greg Tansey after his nine-man team beat Hearts to reach the Scottish League Cup final.
Inverness Caledonian Thistle's manager John Hughes celebrates with Greg Tansey after his nine-man team beat Hearts to reach the Scottish League Cup final.
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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.

MacDonald: “We came up short”

Hearts keeper Jamie MacDonald has admitted the Tynecastle side blew it after losing out to nine-man Inverness Caledonian Thistle on penalties.

Despite leading the League Cup semi-final with just a minute to go they had to face extra-time after Nick Ross scored a last-gasp equaliser, and then failed to use their two-man advantage to win the tie.

MacDonald said: “It is always bad to lose a shootout but even harder to take when you concede a 94th minute equaliser to a team with nine men. I think everyone is devastated. We were 30 seconds away from a cup final so to lose it the way we did is disappointing.”

Butcher to work new signings

Hibs boss Terry Butcher has warned his new signings they will have to fight for a place in his squad.

The Easter Road gaffer has added Arsenal defender Daniel Boateng, Notts County striker Danny Haynes and 19-year-old Sunderland winger Duncan Watmore to add both youth and experience to his squad.

But Butcher today warned the new boys they would have to work hard and prove their worth. (Full Story in the Edinburgh Evening News)

Forster urged to be world beater

Celtic keeper Fraser Forster has been challenged to write his name into the record books after setting a new club-record for shut-outs.

The Hoops stopper recorded his 11th successive clean sheet to shattered Charlie Shaw’s club record set in 1922. And after going 1035 minutes without conceding he is closing in on Edwin van der Sar’s world-record of 1311 minutes. (Sun)

In Brief:

• Neil Lennon thanked the Celtic fans for their show of support after he was pelted with missiles while watching Aberdeen’s 4-0 League Cup semi-final win over St Johnstone on Saturday.

• Inverness player Ross Draper took the crucial penalty that sent Inverness into their first major final but he was quick to praise team-mate Gary Warren, who will sit out the historic occasion.

• Manchester City’s Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho sees his side’s heavyweight clash with Chelsea as the ideal opportunity to catch national boss Luiz Felipe Scolari’s eye.

• Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes it will be “impossible” for clubs to compete with Manchester City if Financial Fair Play is not enforced.

• Arsene Wenger accepts Arsenal still have it “all to do” in their bid to stay ahead of free-scoring Manchester City in the race for the Barclays Premier League after edging back to the top of the table with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.