Hearts/Hibs round-up: No UBIG deal| New Hibs face?

Ian Murray's Foundation of Hearts has played down reports of a deal. Picture: SNS
Ian Murray's Foundation of Hearts has played down reports of a deal. 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.

Foundation: No deal yet

The Foundation of Hearts has played down reports that it has done a deal to acquire the major shareholding of UBIG.

A Foundation statement read: “No deal has been done. We encourage everyone to remain focused on the task in hand.”

New face for Terry

Terry Butcher is hopeful of adding a new face to his Hibs squad before Celtic come knocking on Sunday.

Butcher said: “There is now news yet, we are still working very hard and we are optimistic that we can get something done before the weekend.”

Hearts players speak up

A group of disgruntled Hearts players are responsible for Billy Brown’s extension, after they confronted administrator Bryan Jackson.

The meeting was reportedly much calmer than the ‘Riccarton Three’ showdown which occured under the Romanov regime. (Daily Record)

Harris to stay on

Hibs winger Alex Harris is aiming to kick-start his season after signing a contract extension that ties him to the club until summer 2017.

The 19-year-old recently returned from a five-month absence following a broken ankle, which he suffered in the first match of the Scottish Premiership season. (Read the full story in the Edinburgh Evening News)

Stevenson boost

Hearts will have Ryan Stevenson available for the League Cup semi-finals after their Scottish Premiership fixture with St Mirren was rearranged for next week.

Stevenson looked set to miss the Easter Road clash with Inverness on February 2 after incurring a two-match ban following his red card for clashing with St Johnstone goalkeeper Alan Mannus during Saturday’s 3-3 draw at McDiarmid Park.(Full story in the Edinburgh Evening News)

In Brief:

• Tom Rogic insists he does not regret his move to Celtic, despite returning to Australia on loan with Melbourne Victory.

• Rangers keeper Steve Simonsen insists Ally McCoist’s players will not let the latest off-field turmoil disrupt their relentless march towards the League One title.

• Partick boss Alan Archibald admitted his team’s sloppy start allowed St Johnstone to build a platform for victory at Firhill.

• Tom Cleverley has admitted Manchester United have been forced to reset their priorities.

• Winning every game is the sole focus for Manchester City and manager Manuel Pellegrini after the demolition of West Ham earned a place in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley.

• Everton are hoping to complete the signing of Monaco striker Lacina Traore on Wednesday after their request for a work permit for the player was granted.

• Nicolas Anelka has been given the public support of former Chelsea team-mate Romelu Lukaku after being charged over his controversial ‘quenelle’ gesture.

• Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has urged his players not to pass up the chance of a lifetime as they attempt to book a trip to the Capital One Cup Final.

• Former footballer Stan Collymore has accused Twitter of “not doing enough” to combat abusive tweets on the social networking site after he was targeted by internet trolls.

• Liverpool’s bid to regain their Champions League status have been dealt a blow with the new midfielder Lucas Leiva will be out for up to two months.

• Norwich midfielder Wes Hoolahan stressed his desire for a move away from Carrow Road on Tuesday night, after seeing his transfer request rejected.

• Barry Ferguson faces the task of stopping the rot at Blackpool after Paul Ince’s reign as manager came to an inevitable end on Tuesday.