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.
Stevenson ‘will stay’
Gary Locke believes that Ryan Stevenson will snub Rangers in favour of more time at Hearts, after the Ibrox club were said to be interested.
Locke claims Stevenson loves it at Tynecastle and would like to stay. (Daily Record)
Hibs ‘deserved better’
Darnell Fisher has admitted Celtic’s 4-0 scoreline against Hibs did flatter the Glasgow club.
“Hibs did well for most of the match on Sunday but switched off near the end and lost a few more goals that they didn’t deserve to,” he said.
Celtic bid shot down
Celtic have had a second advance for ex-Hibs hitman Leigh Griffiths knocked back by Wolves, despite improving on their original £450,000 offer.
Wolves manager Kenny Jackett has warned that the £1.25m striker will not be allowed to go in a cut-price deal. (Daily Mail)
Gary Locke is hopeful of bringing in a few new players to freshen up the Hearts squad, despite the transfer restrictions placed on the club.
He said: “Obviously I would like to bring in a couple of fresh faces if I can, but it is not straight forward.” (Daily Mail)
• Alexei Eremenko believes his Kilmarnock return will mean more goals for Kris Boyd.
• St Johnstone goalkeeper Alan Mannus has been ruled out for six to eight weeks at least after fracturing a bone in his thumb, the Perth club have announced.
• Partick Thistle striker John Baird has been released by boss Alan Archibald, the player’s representative has announced.
• Aberdeen’s Ryan Jack will miss Saturday’s League Cup semi-final with St Johnstone after it was confirmed a hip injury will rule out the midfielder for up to two months.
• St Mirren boss Danny Lennon insists the Buddies will never make the kind of mistakes in the transfer market that will lead them down a path to financial ruin.
• Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is still hoping of making a major signing to boost their push for Champions League qualification.
• Manchester United manager David Moyes says it is unlikely that he will enter the transfer market again before Friday’s deadline.
• Southampton centre-back Jose Fonte was pleased to put an “eventful” week behind him with a goal and a point against Arsenal.