Hearts/Hibs round-up: Michael Nelson, Jamie Walker

Michael Nelson. Pic: Ian Georgeson
Michael Nelson. Pic: Ian Georgeson
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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.

Focus on ourselves, says Hibs ace Nelson

Michael Nelson believes the way for Hibs to catch St Johnstone in the race for the top six is to completely ignore them.

The defender is convinced his side have halted the slide and are back in the hunt for a top-half finish after bagging points against Motherwell and Inverness.

Terry Butcher’s men have won only one of their last 10 games but are still just four points behind the sixth-place Saints, who have a game in hand.

However, Nelson insists the Leith men would be better off blanking St Johnstone and making sure they can keep up the bargain at their end. (Daily Record)

Hearts winger Jamie Walker sets a target for his return (see tonight’s Evening News)

Paul Lawrie puts love for Aberdeen before Ryder Cup

Golf star Paul Lawries explains why he’s willing to put his chase for Ryder Cup points on hold to watch his beloved Aberdeen in Sunday’s League Cup final against Inverness. The Scot will miss the Trophee Hassan II in Agadir to be with wife Marian, sons Craig and Michael and 40,000 other Dons fans in Glasgow. He said: “I love my football. I go to Pittodrie and away games as much as I can so it was a pretty easy decision to make. I’ve never played in Morocco before but it just so happens that it fitted into my schedule this year because I’m not in the top 50 and not in the world golf events. So I would have gone this year but, as soon as your team gets in the final, that knocks that on the head.” (Scotsman)

In brief:

Celtic: Manager Neil Lennon insists Virgil van Dijk will be going nowhere in the summer despite his agent claiming the Dutchman will be looking for a move to England.

Tottenham bust-up: Manager Tim Sherwood slammed his Benfica counterpart for a lack of class after the pair were embroiled in an ongoing feud during last night’s Europa League clash.

Rangers sue supporters: Daily Record claims Rangers have declared war on their own fans as Sandy Easdale’s lawyers reveal they are to sue high-profile critics among the club’s support.

Watt a shambles: Tony Watt’s increasingly-fractious loan stint at Lierse has taken another bizarre twist after the Celtic striker was banished to the Belgian club’s B squad. (Daily Mail)