Hearts/Hibs round-up: Butcher, Riordan, Wilson

Derek Riordan in his Hibs days. Pic: Toby Williams
Derek Riordan in his Hibs days. Pic: Toby Williams
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A round-up of the Hearts/Hibs news making the headlines this morning, as well as stories from the rest of Scotland and beyond

Terry Butcher says Celtic battle in the past

Hibs travel to Parkhead for the first time since the powderkeg encounter which led Neil Lennon to accuse Hibs players of “rugby-esque” challenges. Michael Nelson then posted photos of his bruised and broken face.

Terry Butcher says today: “We have moved on from that. I certainly think Neil has and I know we have as well - although, whether Michael Nelson has, I am not too sure. No that is history. It happened before my time.

“We watched the game and we saw what happened as well as the aftermath but I think you have got to be competitive against Celtic and you have got to be strong.” (Scotsman)

Wilson will play through the pain barrier

Hearts captain Danny Wilson has vowed to play on through the pain barrier despite being diagnosed with shin splints (Express). Wilson had feared a stress fracture which could have kept him out of action for two months but a scan has shown it is not that bad.

Gary Locke says the 21-year-old will still need to be carefully managed ahead of the clash with Inverness.

“Danny’s happy because it could have been a lot worse,” he says.

“It’s a problem he has had for a couple of weeks, with Danny’s shins flaring up a bit. It’s not brilliant news but it is certainly better than we anticipated.”

Derek Riordan says he can still cut it in top flight

Derek Riordan says he is desperate to get back playing and says he is still good enough for the Premiership. Riordan, 30, has been without a club since leaving Bristol Rovers last December. He has been most recently building his fitness at Alloa.

He said: “I’ve been training with Alloa for the last six weeks so I’m grateful to Paul (Hartley) for taking me in.

“I’m dying to get back to playing football. I was training hard in the summer to try and get back into a top-flight club but things still haven’t worked out.”

•Manchester United were rescued by Phil Jones against Shakhtar last night, but were not spared a tongue-lashing by former hero Roy Keane after another lacklustre Old Trafford display.

•James Milner was the unlikely hero for Manchester City last night after the scoring the winner as his side came from behind to beat Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena.

•Arsene Wenger and his players have been put under a Champions League lockdown amid major Champions League safety fears.

•A whistleblowing hotline is among tools being considered to tackle match-fixing following an emergency meeting yesterday between representatives of the five biggest sports and the government in the wake of a spate of high-profile arrests.

•Jose Mourinho does not rate his Chelsea side among the favourites to win the Champions League.