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.
King to make room for Skacel?
Hearts have been told that they must sell or release players if they want to bring back Rudi Skacel, who has been training with the club.
The news could mean that the club are more likely to greenlight Adam King’s move to Swansea City in the near future. (Daily Mail)
Hibs eye Dickenson
Hibs could be set to sign young Brighton striker Ben Dickenson, after Terry Butcher watched him in action recently.
Chief Scout Steve Marsella had previously given Butcher glowing reports about the 20-year-old. (Daily Express)
Brown not bitter
Billy Brown isn’t bitter about leaving Hearts after his contract wasn’t renewed.
He said: “I am very disappointed my contract will not be renewed but that is the way things are at the club and I have to accept that. I urge all supporters to get behind Gary and the team for the remainder of the season.” (Edinburgh Evening News)
Butcher frustration at rivals
Terry Butcher’s bid to find a new striker has thrown up further frustration as he keeps bumping into rival suitors from other Scottish clubs during scouting missions.
Butcher has also ruled out a move for ex-St Johnstone star Jason Scotland (Various)
• Norwegian midfielder Stefan Johansen is excited about the prospect of playing in front of the Celtic fans ahead of his imminent move to Parkhead.
• 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.
• St Johnstone defender Brian Easton and Tam Scobbie have both extended their contracts until the end of next season.
• Motherwell striker Bob McHugh has joined Queen of the South on loan until the end of the season.
• The Scottish Professional Football League has relaxed restrictions on the number of players one club can loan to another.
• Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is confident Sergio Aguero will soon get back into his stride.
• Sergio Aguero’s potential return to the Manchester City team has been welcomed by Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer, who wants to see his centre-backs tested by one of the world’s best.
• Hull City were set to complete the record signing of Nikica Jelavic from Everton on Wednesday but doubts remained over the Tigers’ hopes of enticing West Brom striker Shane Long to the KC Stadium.
• Kidderminster boss Andy Thorn hailed match-winner Joe Lolley after he waved a glorious goodbye by clinching a famous FA Cup giant-killing.
• Rene Meulensteen hopes fit-again captain Brede Hangeland can lead a defensive revival for Fulham.