Hearts/Hibs round-up: Kids warning| Hibs signing

Jason Holt is hoping to return in February. Picture: SNS
Jason Holt is hoping to return in February. 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.

Robbo warns over Hearts kids

Hearts legend John Robertson says the careers of the club’s young stars may be ruined by the transfer embargo as the pressure of top-flight football could lead to injuries.

Robbo is worried that the thinned-out ranks of the club could lead to over-stretching the squad and means that players can’t be rested when they need to recover. (Daily Express)

Marsella joins Hibs

Steve Marsella admitted today that he can’t wait to get started at Easter Road after agreeing to follow Terry Butcher and Maurice Malpas to Easter Road.

Marsella, a highly-rated goalkeeping coach and chief scout at the Highland club, turned down the chance to stay with Inverness in favour of a move to Hibs. (Read the full story in today’s Evening News)

Robbo eyes Caley job

John Robertson has also revealed he would be interested in a return to management with Inverness.

Robertson - who has been coaching with Hearts - was manager of Inverness between 2002 and 2004 and guided them into the top flight for the first time in the club’s history, as well as winning the Challenge Cup.

Hibs ‘more dangerous under Butcher’

St Mirren are hoping to stop Hibs gaining a win in their first game under Terry Butcher this weekend, as David Van Zanten warns that the Easter Road club will be more dangerous under the Englishman.

The Saints full-back says they can leap-frog Hibs in the SPFL table if they keep their focus. (Daily Record)

Holt operation hope

Jason Holt is undergoing an operation on his foot today in the hope of returning against Inverness at the League Cup semi-final in February.

The young Hearts star was injured in a freak accident during training last week. (Daily Mail)

Fun Terry ‘does have temper’

Owain Tudur Jones is hoping Hibs players have to wait a while before they see the fiery side of new boss Terry Butcher.

The Wales midfielder played under the Englishman for two years at Inverness Caledonian Thistle before making the move to Easter Road in the summer, and he says that while Butcher is a positive influence, he is not without a temper.

• In today’s Evening News; read how much Terry Butcher is loving Edinburgh as he starts settling in.

In Brief:

• Former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has praised Darren Fletcher’s mental resolve and backed the Scot to complete a remarkable return to top-level action.

• Gordon Strachan says Allan McGregor’s place as Scotland’s number one could come under threat if understudy David Marshall’s fine form continues.

• Icelandic striker Holmbert Fridjonsson insists he did not have to think twice about pledging his future to Celtic.

• Roy Hodgson has told fans they should not fear another car crash performance from England at the World Cup despite the poor end to 2013.

• Stephen Kelly admits he cannot wait for the Republic of Ireland’s new qualifying campaign to get under way after a positive start to Martin O’Neill’s reign.