Hearts/Hibs round-up: Rudi Skacel| Kevin Thomson

Kevin Thomson. Picture:  Ian Georgeson
Kevin Thomson. Picture: Ian Georgeson
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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.

Skacel would have played for free

Rudi Skacel says he planned to play for Hearts for free if the SPFL had allowed him to rejoin the squad.

He also heaped praise on the Foundation of Hearts for their work to take the club out of danger. (Sun)

Thomson denies row

Kevin Thomson has denied rumours that he was involved in a row with Hibs coach Maurice Malpas.

It was claimed that an alleged falling out was to blame for Thomson featuring just twice under Terry Butcher. (Daily Record)

Leigh can make it

Frank McAvennie has backed Leigh Griffiths to flourish at Celtic, saying his off-field antics needn’t interfere with his playing career.

The famous hellraiser said Griffiths can be a success if he leaves his baggage at the door. (Sun)

No Hartley stitch up

Paul Hartley’s arrival at Dundee was no stitch-up, chief executive Scot Gardiner says, as the former Hearts star took over just days after John Brown was sacked.

Hartley quit part-timers Alloa in January, and took over at Dens Park just 48 hours after Brown’s exit. (Various)

Vine’s fuel blunder

Ex-Hibs man Rowan Vine missed his first training session with Morton after he put the wrong fuel in his car and broke down on the M8.

After putting petrol in a diesel car he apologised to boss Kenny Sheils, who had to cancel the press conference. (Daily Record)

In Brief:

• Andrew Flowers has announced he has pulled out of the race to buy Leeds United.

• A number of Rangers fans have taken the first steps towards launching a bid to buy the club on behalf of the Ibrox support, it is reported.

• Inverness have suspended youth-team defender Joe Gorman after he allegedly posted an offensive comment on Twitter.

• Celtic Park has been chosen to host next month’s Scottish League Cup final, the Scottish Professional Football League has announced.

• David Beckham is aiming to bring the world’s top players to Miami after taking up the option to buy a new Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise but key details about the project are still unconfirmed.