Hearts/Hibs round-up: Rudi Skacel| Leigh Griffiths

Rudi Skacel has been training with Hearts. Picture: Greg Macvean
Rudi Skacel has been training with Hearts. 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 in Skacel hope

Hearts are hoping to clear a path for the return of cup hero Rudi Skacel after they removed goalkeeping coach Alan Combe from their playing staff.

The SFA signing ban should be lifted on Monday but the SPFL rules mean a one-out-one-in policy. (Sun)

Fresh Griffiths bid

Celtic look set to make another attempt to bring Ex-Hibs star Leigh Griffiths back to Scotland, with Neil Lennon thought to be ready to meet a possible £1.5m asking price.

Griffiths has made no secret about his desire to leave Wolves after spending a fair bit of time on the bench. (Daily Mail)

Hearts in double blow

Hearts will be without Callum Paterson and Kevin McHattie for the trip to Inverness on February 15.

The SFA confirmed McHattie’s ban takes effect from February 1 after he was cautioned against St Johnstone recently. Paterson’s suspension kicks in on February 8 following his booking against Ross County. (Full story here in the Edinburgh Evening News)

Taiwo may stay

Tom Taiwo could be set to stay at Hibs after his display against Celtic impressed Terry Butcher.

Taiwo, along with Rowan Vine, Kevin Thomson, and Tim Clancy had all been previously told that they were free to leave the club. (Sun)

Templeton fears

Ex-Hearts boss Paulo Sergio fears David Templeton’s move to the bottom tier may have hampered his development, saying he would be flourishing if he hadn’t gone to Rangers.

Sergio says watching Templeton in the lower divisions is like “a top pianist playing in a bad orchestra”. (Daily record)

Brown extension

Hearts assistant manager Billy Brown has been handed a further reprieve after his contract was extended by a month.

Brown will now be in the dugout for Sunday’s League Cup semi-final against Inverness after he was kept on further.

Butcher hails Stanton

Hibernian manager Terry Butcher has hailed the impact of Sam Stanton on his first start for the club.

The 19-year-old had made 18 substitute appearances but Sunday’s 4-0 defeat by Celtic was the first time the attacking midfielder had been named in a starting line-up.

Riordan move collapses

Derek Riordan has been seen a proposed move to Belgium fall apart after the Royal Antwerp chairman branded him an ‘enfant terrible’.

The former Hibs and Scotland star has been without a club after being released by Bristol Rovers more than a year ago. He was supposed to train with Morton last week but didn’t turn up. (Daily Express)

In Brief:

• Dundee United’s Scottish Premiership clash with St Johnstone has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, the club have confirmed.

• St Johnstone have completed the loan signing of Stevenage midfielder James Dunne.

• Leeds boss Brian McDermott is confident the club will not have to fend off any more bids for striker Ross McCormack this month.

• A new deal between Arsneal and Arsene Wenger will be announced “at the right time”, according to chief executive Ivan Gazidis.

• Newcastle decided to cash in on Yohan Cabaye after he indicated his wish to leave for Champions League football.

• West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka has no intention of leaving the club this month, despite the ongoing furore over his ‘quenelle’ goal celebration - but has made it clear he has an open mind about his future beyond the end of the season.

• Juan Mata has insisted if any club can rescue their season from its present gloomy state it is Manchester United.