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 say ‘no’
Hearts striker Dale Carrick insisted there was no way they were going to let Edinburgh rivals Hibernian send them down to the Scottish Championship.
Carrick scored as Hearts beat Hibs 2-0 at Tynecastle to prolong their forlorn fight against relegation from the Scottish Premiership for at least three more days. (Edinburgh Evening News)
Terry Butcher has torn into assistant referee Alasdair Ross after he disallowed Jordon Forster’s goal with a questionable offside ruling.
Butcher said: “I had a few words with the linesman as I went up the tunnel. I don’t care to repeat them.” (Daily Express)
Gary Locke says he was tormented by the thought of being relegated by city rivals Hibs, and has even had sleepless nights over the issue.
But he added that the win gave thanks to the supporters: “That’s a pay-back to our fans. We owed them that.”
Hibs form fears
Hibs boss Terry Butcher admitted he was concerned over his team’s form, which has yielded just one victory in 13 games.
“We have gone from being a really difficult team to play against, a team that scores from set plays and grinds out wins, to a team that doesn’t score and concedes goals,” Butcher said.
• Jose Mourinho has hinted at an overhaul of his forward line this summer, in the wake of Saturday’s shock 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace.
• Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is adamant his players have the composure to cope with the pressure of the title race while still playing the football which has put them top of the table.
• Felix Magath insists Fulham’s best performance of his brief reign as manager has strengthened his belief they can escape relegation from the Barclays Premier League.
• Sunderland coach Charlie Oatway is confident there is enough belief within the squad to get the club out of relegation trouble.
• West Ham winger Stewart Downing insists winning is all that matters in the Barclays Premier League and that pretty football is no guarantee against relegation.