Hearts/Hibs round-up: Paycut anger| Derek Riordan

Gary Mackay is not happy. Picture: Julie Bull
Gary Mackay is not happy. Picture: Julie Bull
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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.

Mackay anger at ‘late’ pay cut

Hearts legend Gary Mackay has hit out at managing director David Southern for waiting seven months to agree to finally take a pay cut.

Southern and director of football John Murray have both volunteered to take wage cuts to help the administration-hit Jambos balance their books - but Mackay says it is ‘too little, too late’. (Daily Record)

Riordan woe

Ex-Hibs star Derek Riordan has revealed how no club will take him even on the promise of playing for free.

The troubled striker has even been turned away from training with a number of clubs. (Daily Mail)

Skacel hopes take a dive

Hearts’ hopes of signing Rudi Skacel could be torpedoed after a similar bid by Rangers to sign Daniel Cousin failed two years ago.

It is thought Hearts would face strong opposition from other SPFL clubs. (Sun)

Harris wants payback

Alex Harris is desperate to make up for not closing down match-winner Willo Flood against Aberdeen.

Harris is making good progress after returning from a broken ankle knocked him out of the line-up, but he is keen to get back to 100%. (Sun)

In Brief:

• New Celtic midfielder Stefan Johansen admits playing in the Champions League would be a dream come true.

• Ayr United’s Michael Moffat is due to find out on Thursday whether he will be punished for allegedly breaching strict football betting rules.

• The Scottish Football Association is discussing its rules on betting, but chief executive Stewart Regan warned that strict regulations were needed to stave off the prospect of match-fixing.

• Gregg Wylde has joined St Mirren on an 18-month contract after leaving Aberdeen.

• Dundee United’s starlets will be given the chance to fly the flag for Scotland in front of their own fans after the Scottish Football Association announced Tannadice would host the Dark Blues Under-21 friendly with Hungary on March 5.

• Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino’s future at the club appears to be in serious doubt after key ally Nicola Cortese quit his post as the Saints’ executive chairman.

• Sergio Aguero took just 50 seconds to make a goalscoring return for Manchester City to leave manager Manuel Pellegrini with some welcome selection headaches in their quest for a possible quadruple.

• Hull City are expected to turn their attention to securing West Brom’s Shane Long after completing the signing of Nikica Jelavic from Everton.