Hearts/Hibs round-up: keep Locke/dirty Butcher

Hibs boss Terry Butcher has urged his players to show they are up for the fight. Pic: Robert Perry
Hibs boss Terry Butcher has urged his players to show they are up for the fight. Pic: Robert Perry
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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.

Stevenson says Locke appointment ‘no brainer’

Ryan Stevenson has called on new Hearts owner Ann Budge to keep manager Gary Locke at the club as a matter of urgency. Locke has overseen a series of impressive results towards the end of the season despite the turmoil behind the scenes at Hearts and Stevenson, who scored a hat-trick in the 5-0 win over Kilmarnock, says the manager needs to be kept in place for a first division title battle with Rangers next season. “For me it is a no brainer,” he said. “As a coach and a manager he has done wonders this year.” (various)

Butcher says its time to get dirty

Hibs gaffer Terry butcher has urged his players to fight dirty as they battle against relegation. The Easter Road boss said the fact his players had committed more fouls than Hearts in the recent derby defeat was a sign they were committed to the cause and he would be happy to see more booking in tonight’s battle with Ross County, where a win would save Hibs from the drop.

“It’s difficult when you get excited about foul counts but it showed we competed more and were fighting and scalping,” he said. “I’m not saying get red cards but you have to compete more and commit more fouls in many aspects to be a top centre-half.”

Gers wants Wallace out

Angry Rangers fans have called fro under-fire chief executive Graham Wallace to quit Ibrox immediately, after it emerged he is set to be handed a 100% bonus on top of his £315,000 salary. The Union of Fans insists the pay-out is the final straw for a man who they believe has failed to deliver as CEO. And they said just 2000 season ticket holders had agreed to renew their briefs while Wallace is still in place and demanded his resignation. (Daily Record)

+In brief:

• Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers believes the Barclays Premier League title is beyond his side after they let victory slip away at Crystal Palace, but is determined to put up another strong fight next season.

• Tottenham have apologised and begun an investigation after their social media accounts were hacked and a video was posted poking fun at Liverpool’s collapse in the Premier League title race.

• Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny insists finishing fourth would not have been his idea of success for Arsenal before the season started.

• Nemanja Vidic, the man described as Manchester United’s “rock” for the last eight and a half years, will wave goodbye to Old Trafford tonight.