Hearts/Hibs round-up: UBIG| Terry Butcher

Ann Budge could have to wait to take control of Hearts. Picture: Phil Wilkinson
Ann Budge could have to wait to take control of Hearts. Picture: Phil Wilkinson
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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 delay

Hearts face a fresh delay in gaining control of the shares held by UBIG, as administrators in Lithuania have yet to call a creditors’ meeting.

It had been hoped that Hearts would get the 50% stake at the end of this month, but it now appears that Ann Budge will have to wait until April to take control. (Daily Express)

Butcher blame

Terry Butcher says he must take his share of the blame for Hibs’ defeat by Dundee United.

Butcher apologised to Easter Road fans after the 3-1 beating. (Daily Record)

Locke hope

Hearts players Jamie Walker and David Smith have an outside chance of making the Edinburgh derby at the end of this month.

With Hearts due to host Hibs at Tynecastle on Sunday, March 30, their return would be a timely boost for manager Gary Locke. (See today’s Edinburgh Evening News for full story)

Butcher wants more

Terry Butcher insists that Hibs’ pursuit of the top six is still very much alive despite Friday night’s “unacceptable” performance against Dundee United.

However, he concedes his players must turn in much better displays. (See today’s Edinburgh Evening News for full story)

In brief:

• Scotland assistant manager Mark McGhee feels there are a number of players who can make the centre-forward position theirs for the Euro 2016 campaign.

• Billy Stark is not surprised to see Tony Watt banging in the goals for loan club SK Lierse - but is no rush to bring the Celtic striker back into the Scotland Under-21 set-up.

• The Rangers board has summoned David King to a meeting with chairman David Somers after demanding the former director explain his recent statements.

• The Scottish Professional Football League has launched an official investigation into the racist abuse that forced East Stirlingshire player Jordan Tapping out of a League two fixture.

• Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell has been elected to serve on the main executive board of the European Club Association.

• Adam Lallana reckons Luke Shaw is showing even more promise now than Gareth Bale did when he was coming through the ranks at Southampton.

• England forward Rickie Lambert knows he is running out of time to secure the World Cup berth he is so “desperate” for.

• Paul Ince has rejected Sol Campbell’s claim that he would have been England captain ‘for 10 years’ if he had been white.

• Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has until Thursday evening to respond to a Football Association charge of improper conduct in relation to his clash with Hull’s David Meyler.

• Ukraine’s friendly against the United States will go ahead on Wednesday in Cyprus, according to US Soccer.