Football round-up: Rowan Vine| Gary Locke| Celtic

Rowan Vine has hit back at Neil Lennon. Picture: Ian Rutherford
Rowan Vine has hit back at Neil Lennon. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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A full round-up of the football news making the headlines this morning in Edinburgh, Scotland, and beyond.

Hibs give Celtic scare

Hibs gave Celtic a scare on Saturday after the Hoops had to fight back to equalise against Pat Fenlon’s men.

In a rain-soaked encounter at Easter Road, Hibs held the lead for much of the game until a late Celtic strike saw the league leaders pull; back a draw.

Locke fears Hearts slip

Hearts manager Gary Locke admits next weekend’s showdown against Kilmarnock will be crucial after they slipped further adrift at the foot of the Scottish Premiership following a 2-1 defeat at Motherwell.

Hearts took the lead through a 62nd-minute counter-attack when Ryan Stevenson’s shot took a deflection that foxed Motherwell goalkeeper Gunnar Nielsen, who was making his league debut after Lee Hollis suffered an ankle injury.

Lennon slams tackling

Neil Lennon hit out at Hibs following Celtic’s 1-1 Scottish Premiership draw at Easter Road by describing some of their tackling as “shocking” and “reckless”.

Hibs striker Paul Heffernan opened the scoring in the 17th minute before Hoops substitute James Forrest, who had replaced Kris Commons in the first half after the midfielder suffered a hamstring injury which will keep him out of the Champions League clash with Ajax at Parkhead on Tuesday night, levelled with a wonderful solo goal with 15 minutes remaining.

Vine says shut it

Meanwhile Rowan Vine took to Twitter to say that Lennon should keep quiet, after the Celtic boss branded Vine’s challenge on Darnell Fisher as ‘rugby-esque’.

Vine suggested he’d get Alan Shearer to boot Lennon in the head, but later dismissed his Tweet as mere banter. (Daily Record/Sun)

Killie star in hospital

Kilmarnock’s Rabiu Ibrahim had to be taken to hospital after he collapsed on the pitch midway through the first half against Ross County.

Rugby Park chairman Michael Johnstone stressed it was not with a serious problem.

In Brief

• Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas was full of praise for Andros Townsend after an inspirational performance from the winger helped Tottenham to a 2-0 win at Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon.

• Man Utd: Manager David Moyes has admitted Manchester United need to rediscover their killer instinct if they are to become a Premier League force again.

• Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is not about to write off Manchester United’s Barclays Premier League title challenge just yet.

• Cristiano Ronaldo’s hopes of gracing the World Cup next summer could rest on Monday’s draw for the qualification play-offs.

• Gus Poyet has told his rock-bottom Sunderland side they need to start winning games immediately, starting with Sunday’s Tyne-Wear derby.

• Everton forward Kevin Mirallas admits his communication is better with manager Roberto Martinez than predecessor David Moyes - but only because he is Spanish.

• Chelsea assistant manager Steve Holland believes Jose Mourinho’s men demonstrated their Barclays Premier League title credentials in Saturday’s controversial come-from-behind 4-1 defeat of Cardiff.

• Micah Richards has watched over half a billion pounds’ worth of signings come through the doors at Manchester City, and the defender believes none of them compare to David Silva.