Hearts/Hibs round-up: Hearts ‘mess’| Hibs defence

Terry Butcher has defensive woes. Picture: Greg Macvean
Terry Butcher has defensive woes. Picture: Greg Macvean
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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 in defence rush

Terry Butcher is looking to strengthen the Hibs defence as Ryan McGivern and Paul Hanlon could be sidelined for weeks.

He said: “With our numbers being down, it is imperative that now do get one or two in.” (Daily Express)

Hearts ‘a mess’

Ex-Hearts star Michael Stewart says his old team is “a mess”, and added that there are too many chief at the club.

The attack comes after the mixed messages Hearts are giving out with regards to Billy Brown’s departure. (Daily Record)

Griffiths Celtic hope crushed

Leigh Griffiths’ hopes of a move to Celtic have been shot down by Wolves manager Kenny Jackett.

Griffiths had indicated an interest after being stuck on the bench, but Jackett says he is central to the club’s plans for the second half of the season. (Daily Mail)

Riordan back in the game

Ex-Hibs hero Derek Riordan could be headed back to the pitch, after Belgian giants Royal Antwerp are said to be keen to sign him.

Riordan has been bouncing around clubs looking for work and has even offered to play for free as he looks to get back in top shape. (Sun)

In Brief:

• Rangers boss Ally McCoist hailed stand-in keeper Steve Simonsen after the Englishman capped his Gers debut with a wonder save in the 2-0 win at Forfar.

• Chris Erskine hopes Partick Thistle fans will get behind him when he begins his Jags’ loan spell against St Johnstone at Firhill tonight.

• New West Brom manager Pepe Mel insists he will make decisions in the best interests of the club from a football perspective and had no intention of dropping Nicolas Anelka.

• West Brom’s main sponsor has announced it will not seek to renew its deal with the club this summer as a consequence of Nicolas Anelka’s ‘quenelle’ goal celebration against West Ham.

• Zoopla has announced it will not seek to renew its sponsorship of West Brom at the end of the season in light of Nicolas Anelka’s controversial ‘quenelle’ gesture.

• Jerome Champagne has announced his manifesto for the FIFA presidential election and stated his aims to include orange cards and video technology to help referees.

• Stevan Jovetic and Jack Rodwell could both return for Manchester City as they look to advance to the Capital One Cup final on Tuesday night.

• Manager Sam Allardyce insists no-one at West Ham is to blame for the signing of Lacina Traore slipping through their grasp.

• David Moyes and Michael Carrick hope to give Manchester United supporters a reason to be cheerful in Wednesday’s Capital One Cup semi-final with Sunderland.

• Tim Sherwood reckons Nabil Bentaleb could be called up to France’s World Cup squad, thus dashing any hope of seeing the talented Tottenham midfielder turn out for England.

• Swansea captain Ashley Williams feels there are no excuses for the difficult run of form which has seen the Welsh club drop into the relegation mix.

• Chris Powell believes a run in the FA Cup could galvanise Charlton rather than hamper their league survival hopes.