Hearts/Hibs round-up: Hearts 20/1| Hibs progress

Gary Naysmith has backed Hearts boss Gary Locke. Picture: Jane Barlow
Gary Naysmith has backed Hearts boss Gary Locke. Picture: Jane Barlow
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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.

Fresh injury woes for Hearts

Hearts have been dealt yet another blow ahead of this weekend’s Celtic match after striker Gary Oliver was ruled out for upto three weeks.

The paper-thin squad is already without Ryan Stevenson, Jason Holt, and Mark Ridgers. Jamie Walker has a 60% chance of making the Celtic game. (Edinburgh Evening News)

James Collins ‘will score more’

Terry Butcher says Hibs fans could be about to see more goals from James Collins, as the new style of play suits the striker much better.

The Easter Road boss said: “You think sometimes he has three lungs instead of two because he covers that much ground. He is very effective.” (Edinburgh Evening News)

Bad odds for Hearts

Bookies have given Hearts just a 20/1 chance of an away victory against Celtic on Saturday.

The match comes just four weeks after the 7-0 mauling left Hearts dejected. (Daily Record)

Hibs ‘making progress’

Hibs are making fast progress every week, according to Terry Butcher.

He said: “If you go to Parkhead and they are running balls into the corner at the end, trying to see out the 1-0 win then it shows you we have done pretty well.” (Sun)

Fergie ‘would struggle at Hearts’

Gary Naysmith says that even Sir Alex Ferguson would struggle to produce results if he were in Gary Locke’s shoes, after the Hearts boss comes under pressure.

The East Fife manager says that with the restrictions placed upon Hearts, he doesn’t understand the criticism of Locke. (Sun)

In Brief:

• A boycott by Rangers fans would be “without doubt” on the agenda if the current Ibrox board remains intact at the club’s annual general meeting this morning, according to president of the Rangers Supporters Assembly.

• Tim Sherwood believes he could be the man to succeed Andre Villas-Boas as Tottenham manager, despite not knowing if he will be granted a second match in charge of the team.

• Ashley Young might be on the road to Manchester United redemption after he scored one and created the second in a 2-0 Capital One Cup win at Stoke that set up a semi-final with Sunderland.

• Arsenal will be hoping a Football Association disciplinary commission shows leniency to Jack Wilshere when it lays down the midfielder’s suspension later on Thursday after he admitted a misconduct charge over an offensive hand gesture made towards Manchester City fans.

• Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen believes his old club have the credentials to not only secure a Champions League return but to win the Barclays Premier League title this season.