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 pleased with effort
Hibs boss Terry Butcher was pleased with his side’s commitment and effort but with one goal in their last eight games, he knows where the problems lie and will look to address that when the transfer window opens.
“We’ve always wanted to bring players in, there’s no doubt about that,” he said. “But the players here are working their socks off, they really are.
Locke hails rising stars
Hearts teenagers Sam Nicholson and Gary Oliver made a big impression on Gary Locke and have been told that they can expect more game time.
Read today’s Evening News for full story.
Agdestein praise for Hughes
Inverness striker Torbjorn Agdestein has praised new manager John Hughes for resisting the temptation to make wholesale alterations to the side.
Hughes collected his first win in his second game in charge since succeeding Terry Butcher after a Billy McKay brace sealed the spoils with a 2-0 win at Hearts on Saturday.
Find out how Terry Butcher hopes to give Hibs fans a bumper Christmas present this year.
Full story in today’s Evening News
Lennon happy with bounce-back
Neil Lennon was pleased with the way his Celtic side responded against Hibs on Saturday following their Catalonian calamity in midweek.
In swirling wind and rain in the east end of Glasgow, striker Teemu Pukki scored the first-half winner against a workman-like but limited Hibs side to extend Celtic’s unbeaten run in the league to 15 games and keep them on course for the title and another tilt at European football’s elite club competition next season.
• Andre Villas-Boas insists he is the right man to lead Tottenham up the table despite Sunday’s humiliating defeat to Liverpool.
• Steve Clarke has suggested following his sacking by West Brom that expectations of what the club could achieve this season were unrealistically high going into the campaign.
• Arsenal are waiting to hear what punishment could be coming Jack Wilshere’s way after the midfielder aimed an abusive hand gesture towards Manchester City supporters during Saturday’s 6-3 loss at the Etihad Stadium.
• Manchester City playmaker Samir Nasri knows the team’s baffling away form could be the only obstacle blocking a powerful title charge.
• Petr Cech draws encouragement from the fact Chelsea are still well placed in all competitions despite having not truly hit their stride this season.
• Jose Mourinho is demanding Chelsea develop a ruthless streak in front of goal to avoid the feeling of panic which can set in when a side is struggling to kill off opponents.
• Manchester United manager David Moyes believes Darren Fletcher has set an example to be admired by completing his first-team comeback after almost three years troubled by a chronic bowel condition.
• Midfielder Samri Nasri believes Real Madrid and Barcelona will fear being paired with Manchester City when the draw for the last 16 of the Champions League is made on Monday.
• Malky Mackay is hopeful of making three quality additions to his Cardiff squad when the January transfer window opens for business.
• Manager Michael Laudrup is hoping Swansea will eventually be able to take some positives out of the 1-1 draw at Norwich, where they lost midfielder Nathan Dyer to an ankle injury.