Football round-up: Terry Butcher| Riordan| UBIG

Derek Riordan is trying to make a comeback. Picture: SNS
Derek Riordan is trying to make a comeback. Picture: SNS
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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.

Butcher to be unveiled

Terry Butcher is expected to be unveiled as Hibernian’s new manager at a press conference this afternoon.

The Englishman took a step closer to being confirmed as Pat Fenlon’s replacement after Hibs and his club Inverness agreed a compensation deal.

Hearts chief welcomes UBIG move

Foundation of Hearts chairman Ian Murray has welcomed news that an administrator has been appointed to the Scottish Premiership club’s major shareholder, UBIG.

The development, which came after several postponed court hearings, potentially removes a significant obstacle to the club coming out of administration.

New boss warned off stars

Terry butcher has been warned by Inverness that he needn’t even think about returning to plunder the squad to lure any Caley stars to Hibs.

The Highland club are keen to keep hold of key stars like Richie Foran and Billy McKay. (Daily Mail)

Jamie nearly left Hearts

Hearts keeper Jamie MacDonald almost left the club he was so frustrated as he looked to pin down a place in the starting line-up.

However, after two years in the squad, MacDonald is using his new-found patience as he eyes a Scotland slot. (Various)

Riordan fitness call

Ex-Hibs hero Derek Riordan has been ordered to shape up if he is to make an impact at Alloa Athletic.

Boss Paul Hartley says Riordan’s fitness is way behind but reckons he could be a great addition to the squad. (Sun)

In Brief:

• Scotland midfielder Barry Bannan has been lifted by the return of Steven Fletcher to the squad.

• David Weir has hailed former Rangers team-mate Lee McCulloch as the “perfect man” to guide the Ibrox club back to the top flight.

• Tommy Docherty admits leaving the Scotland manager’s post before they reached the 1974 World Cup finals in then West Germany is one of the big regrets in his life.

• A suspected stomach virus at St George’s Park has resulted in some last-minute changes to arrangements for the England team and their under-21 counterparts.

• England Under-21: England Under-21 head coach Gareth Southgate will take his team to the Toulon Tournament next summer in a bid to help his young charges hone their competitive edge.

• Hull fans’ group ‘City Til We Die’ has challenged club owner Assem Allam over his continued plans to change the side’s name, telling him they believe the Football Association will take a dim view of any move.

• Arsenal skipper Thomas Vermaelen has admitted Sunday’s Premier League defeat at Manchester United represented a missed opportunity.

• Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson believes the improvements he has made since his last England cap give him a better chance of securing a World Cup spot.

• Stoke boss Mark Hughes is relishing life back in the Barclays Premier League and admits his love of the game never wavered during his spell on the sidelines.