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 heroes return?
Ex-Hearts favourites Rudi Skacel and Andy Driver have been linked with a return to Tynecastle after the SPFL said they could allow new signings.
However, any new players would only be allowed if they replaced someone who was leaving. (Daily Express)
Hibs in Scotland bid
Terry Butcher looks set to swoop for ex-St Johnstone striker Jason Scotland as Hibs look to bolster their squad this January.
The Trinidad and Tobago star is said to be interested in returning north of the border. (Daily Record)
Hearts have been dealt another blow after Jamie Walker was ruled out until April with a broken foot.
The news comes as the Tynecastle squad are already over stretched. (Daily Express)
Caldwell not out
Ross Caldwell still has a future at Easter Road, insists Terry Butcher, despite sending the young striker out on loan to Alloa.
Caldwell and Butcher had a high-profile bust-up when the manager subbed him after only ten minutes in the Scottish Cup win over Ross County. (Sun)
Hearts managing director David Southern has warned that the club may not be able to field a full team soon due to the restrictions placed on the club.
He said: “It’s a serious concern. The young boys are dropping like flies with illness and injuries.” (Daily Mail)
• Celtic manager Neil Lennon has demanded striker Georgios Samaras makes his mind up on a new deal so that he can finalise his January transfer plans.
• David Goodwillie has not given up hope of forcing himself back into the Blackburn squad, despite his failed move to Dundee United, the striker’s representative claims.
• Sin-bins will be considered by two new panels which are being set up to advise on law changes in football.
• Arsene Wenger felt his Arsenal side showed they were “mentally ready for a fight” after winning at Aston Villa to reclaim top spot in the Barclays Premier League.
• Cristiano Ronaldo set his sights on more Ballon d’Or success after finally ending Lionel Messi’s four-year domination of the award.
• Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri is likely to be out of action until mid-March after learning the full extent of his knee injury.
• Midfielder Jonas Gutierrez is confident his experience can help steer Norwich away from the Barclays Premier League relegation zone after signing on loan from Newcastle until the end of the season.
• Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard insists they have the bottle for close out a top-four place this season.
• Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood is confident Andros Townsend has the character to regain full match fitness and play his way into the England World Cup squad.
• Clinical finishing is the only route to Barclays Premier League safety for Fulham now, according to John Arne Riise.
• Sheffield Wednesday caretaker manager Stuart Gray has warned his players to forget Saturday’s rout of Leeds when non-league Macclesfield come to town in the FA Cup.