Hearts/Hibs round-up: Romanov| Ross Caldwell row

Vladimir Romanov. Picture: Neil Hanna
Vladimir Romanov. Picture: Neil Hanna
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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.

McDonald apology

Hearts keeper Jamie MacDonald apologised to the home supporters who suffered a long afternoon.

He added: “It was embarrassing for us. It was a really bad day at the office and probably the most difficult time I have ever had in my time in football.”

Butcher vows action

Terry Butcher has promised that action will be taken over the public display of disrespect from Ross Caldwell during Saturday’s win over Ross County.

Caldwell was visibly angry after being subbed in injury time and refused to sit in the dugout, pushing Butcher’s arm out the way as he stormed off into the tunnel. (Daily Mail)

Romanov to blame

Jim Jefferies says the only man to blame for Hearts 7-0 battering on Sunday was Vladimir Romanov.

The former Hearts boss says the club and the fans are suffering for the mistakes of the previous ownership. (Sun)

Craig hails ‘fun’ boss

Liam Craig has hailed the fun factor that Terry Butcher has brought to Hibs.

Captain Craig led Hibs to their first victory over Ross County as the men from Edinburgh reached the last 16 of the Scottish Cup on Saturday.

Lennon pleased with performance

Neil Lennon’s 200th game as Celtic boss produced a 7-0 thrashing of Hearts in their William Hill Scottish Cup fourth-round tie at Tynecastle yesterday and left him admitting it was “the best performance I have had”.

The Hoops shrugged off their Champions League exit in midweek at the hands of AC Milan to lead 5-0 at half-time with a Kris Commons double and goals from skipper Scott Brown, Joe Ledley and Mikael Lustig.

In Brief:

• Andrew Considine admits sending Aberdeen into the next round of another cup competition was a special feeling - but he is just grateful to be back playing in a winning team again.

• New manager Rene Meulensteen is confident he can keep Fulham in the Premier League.

• Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas wants the north London club to be shown more respect following what he has perceived as a week of personal attacks against his abilities.

• Jose Mourinho insisted his Chelsea side must “feel the responsibility” to be in contention for the Barclays Premier League title as the season enters a crunch period.

• Wojciech Szczesny believes there will be no stopping Arsenal in the Barclays Premier League title race if the Gunners can continue their current form.

• Samir Nasri’s recent scintillating form has come as no surprise to his Manchester City team-mate Gael Clichy.

• Manchester United manager David Moyes was full of praise for his talismanic striker Wayne Rooney after the England international bagged a brace in Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Tottenham.

• Everton midfielder Gareth Barry accepts teenager Gerard Deulofeu still has plenty to learn about the English game but predicts his progress will improve with more games behind him.

• Carlton Cole is hoping to start scoring regularly for West Ham so he can earn a contract extension at Upton Park.