Hearts/Hibs round-up: Locke anger| Leigh Griffiths

Gary Locke. Picture: Ian Georgeson
Gary Locke. Picture: Ian Georgeson
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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.

Locke ref rage

Gary Locke says referee Brian Colvin is playing favourites after failing to receive a phonecall from the whistler, despite the fact that he called St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright to discuss his refereeing of the match.

The official’s call to Wright came after Saturday’s explosive match at McDiarmid Park which saw four players sent off. (Various)

Hibs ‘are big draw’

Terry Butcher insists Hibs are an attractive prospect to potential signings, and the lure of Scottish football is still strong to players down south.

With a week left in the transfer window Hibs have yet to make a signing, despite Butcher’s drive to bring in new faces. (Various)

Brown bid

Hearts manager Gary Locke will put attempts to keep Billy Brown beyond the end of January to one side after his assistant won a temporary reprieve.

Saturday’s 3-3 draw with St Johnstone had been earmarked as the last match of Brown’s third spell at Tynecastle but the club’s administrators performed a partial U-turn 24 hours later and allowed Brown to see out his contract until January 31.

Celtic eye Griffiths

Celtic have been making fresh enquiries into the availability of ex-Hibs hero Leigh Griffiths, as he continues to warm the bench at Wolves.

Griffiths has already stated that he’d love the opportunity to go to Celtic. (Daily Mail)

In Brief:

• New Aberdeen striker Adam Rooney has warned Scottish Premiership defences that he is a better all-round player than he was at Inverness.

• St Johnstone have announced the signing of former Scotland striker Chris Iwelumo.

• Kilmarnock are working on deals to bring in former player Alexei Eremenko and Brighton defender Vitalijs Maksimenko.

• Rangers skipper Lee McCulloch claims there is little difference in standard between the Scottish Premiership and League One.

• Stenhousemuir striker John Gemmell has been hit with a Scottish Football Association charge over his Twitter rant at Rangers manager Ally McCoist.

• Celtic midfielder Charlie Mulgrew insists records mean little to the squad.

• Dundee United defender Mark Wilson claims his Tannadice return has helped him rediscovered his hunger for football.

• Partick boss Alan Archibald insists he has no problem with new signing Lee Mair settling old scores with St Mirren on Saturday, so long as it means three points for Thistle.

• Manchester United manager David Moyes should start to rebuild his shattered club by ushering Juan Mata into his squad on Friday.

• Nicolas Anelka’s future in English football is on the line after the West Brom striker requested a personal hearing into his now infamous ‘quenelle’ salute.