Hearts/Hibs round-up: Relegation| Hibs revamp

Brad McKay. Picture: Greg Macvean

Brad McKay. Picture: Greg Macvean

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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 ‘will fight’

Brad McKay insists Hearts players will fight to the end to avoid relegation, as they face Dundee United tonight.

Defeat against Dundee United on Friday night would mean the Tynecastle outfit could be sent crashing into the Championship by bitter city rivals Hibernian when they clash next week.

Butcher looks to future

Terry Butcher insists that good times are just around the corner, as he looks to get Hibs back on track.

The Easter Road boss has vowed to overhaul his under-achieving squad this summer. (Sun)

Hearts should keep youngsters

Dundee United defender John Souttar hope Hearts will hold on to the young players who have been pushed to the front this year.

Souttar says he believes that the squad will ultimately gain from the experience in the long term. (Daily Mail)

Eye on Saints

Terry Butcher has claimed victory against St Johnstone tomorrow could bring Hibs three of the biggest points they’ve had all season as the Easter Road club bid to keep their faint top-six dream alive.

The Capital club travel to Perth knowing nothing less than a win will do, with Saints currently in sixth place, four points ahead and with a game in hand. (Full story in today’s Edinburgh Evening News)

In brief:

• Rangers boss Ally McCoist has revealed he has already spoken to two players as he eyes up signings for next season.

• Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara believes his side will need to show the same fighting spirit which helped them overcome St Mirren when they travel to Tynecastle for Friday night’s Scottish Premiership clash against Hearts.

• Ross County boss Derek Adams believes he has spotted a flaw in Motherwell manager Stuart McCall’s game plan that could help the Staggies to three points at Fir Park on Saturday.

• Boss Alan Archibald hopes Partick can heap further misery on Inverness this weekend, although he fully expects his Thistle side to have their work cut out for them.

• St Mirren boss Danny Lennon has not bothered to call referees chief John Fleming to complain about his side’s defeat to Dundee United last week - because he believes his players were the ones to blame.

• Kilmarnock boss Allan Johnston does not expect Aberdeen will suffer a hangover from their jubilant League Cup celebrations.

• St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright will miss Saturday’s crucial Scottish Premiership clash with Hibernian at McDiarmid Park because he is undergoing an operation on Thursday,

• Tim Sherwood believes other teams will be afraid of Tottenham after their valiant display at Benfica.

• Liverpool’s attacking threat has never been in question but manager Brendan Rodgers believes the balance they have struck in recent weeks gives them an even better chance of winning matches.

• Wayne Rooney is adamant “anything can happen” as Manchester United wait for Friday’s Champions League quarter-final draw.