Hearts/Hibs round-up: McPake injury| Hearts fight

James McPake at East Mains

James McPake at East Mains

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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.

Butcher looks to youth

Hibs manager Terry Butcher has predicted an Easter Road classic when he pits his young players against Dundee United’s crop of teenagers.

Butcher has placed youth at the heart of his attempts to transform Hibs with under-20s players Sam Stanton, Jordon Forster, Alex Harris and Danny Handling all starting recent games.

Hearts full of fight

Hearts manager Gary Locke insists his players will keep fighting for their Scottish Premiership lives despite the looming threat of relegation.

Locke admits that, behind the scenes, the club are preparing for life in the Scottish Championship, but states that as manager of the team he would not be doing his job if he wrote off their chances of top-flight survival.

McPake has no fear

James McPake is not worried if Hibs decide against renewing his contract at the end of the season.

McPake has spent a great deal of time with a back injury which saw him go under the knife, but he says his fitness comes first. (Daily Record)

In brief:

• Nicolas Anelka may have played his final game after being banned for five matches for performing the controversial ‘quenelle’ gesture.

• Manager Roy Hodgson admits he may have to dash the World Cup dreams of one of his senior England players this summer.

• Tim Sherwood plans to use his side’s comeback victory over Europa League opponents Dnipro to lift Tottenham if they hit a poor spell later in the campaign.

• Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has called on the Premier League to be more sympathetic to Champions League teams when scheduling weekend matches.