Hearts/Hibs round-up:Terry Butcher ban| Gary Locke

Terry Butcher will start Hibs off with a ban. Picture: SNS
Terry Butcher will start Hibs off with a ban. Picture: SNS
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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.

Butcher banned for first match

Terry Butcher will start his competitive career as Hibernian manager in the St Mirren Park stand after being handed an immediate one-match touchline ban.

Butcher was handed a £1,000 fine and a two-match ban by a Scottish Football Association disciplinary tribunal relating to Inverness’s League Cup win over Dundee United last month.

Locke ready for County

Hearts boss Gary Locke will not read too much into Ross County’s poor form ahead of their Scottish Premiership clash at Tynecastle on Saturday.

The struggling Staggies have lost their last three games, sliding down to 10th in the table.

Hibs ‘can beat slump’

Terry Butcher is confident Hibs will climb out of the slump which has seen them go without a win or a goal in their past four matches

“I am looking for a good reaction from the players - which I am positive I will get - and players going out and playing with a smile on their face and enjoying what they do,” he said.

Call to revive Hearts spirit

Gary Locke hopes Hearts will show more of the fighting spirit they displayed in their 3-1 win against Aberdeen in their last outing.

“It will take something similar this weekend because we know it is going to be a difficult game,” he said of the upcoming Ross County clash.

“You can see a bit of confidence has returned in the last few weeks and hopefully we can take that into Saturday.”

Collins keen to avoid ‘worst’ tag

James Collins has told how the new regime at Hibs means that the worst player at training has to make the boss a coffee - and Collins has already fallen foul of the rule.

He says it was a split decision, so both he and Owain Tudor Jones had to put the kettle on for staff as their punishment. (Sun)

Caley change ok

Locke also says he wouldn’t mind if the venue for Hearts’ League Cup Semi Final with Inverness was changed.

The 12.15pm kick-off on February 2 means that many fans will have difficulty getting down from the Highlands in time. (Sun)

Tapping in line for Holt spot

Callum Tapping is favourite to replace the injured Jason Holt in Hearts’ starting line-up against Ross County tomorrow. (Read the full story in today’s Evening News)

Inverness aim to land new boss

Inverness are hoping to appoint a new manager by the end of the month, despite the fact that vice chairman Graeme Bennett quit the club last night.

Caley Thistle chiefs have now drawn up a short-list of candidates and are aiming to announce Butcher’s successor before their William Hill Scottish Cup tie against Morton on November 30.

In Brief:

• Former Scotland manager Alex McLeish believes his friend Gordon Strachan has excelled in the role by instilling a work ethic and belief in the national team.

• Manuel Pellegrini was impressed by Joe Hart’s performance for England in midweek - but will not say when he might recall the goalkeeper to his Manchester City side.

• Fernando Torres could return to aid Chelsea’s bid to end a two-match winless run in the Barclays Premier League at West Ham on Saturday.

• Manager Arsene Wenger believes the return of Theo Walcott will bring a new dimension and balance to the Arsenal attack.

• Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is not overly concerned captain Steven Gerrard played in England’s friendly defeat to Germany despite not being 100% fit.

• David de Gea has claimed he was the victim of some unfair criticism during his early days at Manchester United.

• Andros Townsend intends to follow the advice of England manager Roy Hodgson and look to drive Tottenham on towards the top of the Barclays Premier League and book his place at the World Cup.