Hearts/Hibs round-up: Locke award/Heff goals

Gary Locke: Picture: SNS
Gary Locke: 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.

Gary Locke says Hearts will always be a part of him

Ex-Hearts manager Gary Locke said he could walk away from the club with his head held high after picking up the Manager of the Month award.

Locke, who was released by the club on Monday when he was told by new Director of Football Craig Levein that he had no role in the new regime admitted that despite the sacking Hearts would always be a part of him.

“The last couple of days haven’t been easy,” he said. “But I’ve always tried to be positive and hopefully another opportunity will come up. I believe I can walk away with my head held high, knowing we did a good job. Hopefully I won’t get called a rookie any more.” (various)

Heffernan aims to shoot Hibs into top-flight survival

Paul Heffernan has vowed to grab to the goals that will keep Hibs in the Scottish Premiership after making a shock comeback from injury.

The 32-year-old failed to hit that target after coming back into the team for the 1-0 loss to Kilmarnock which plunged Hibs into the relegation play-offs. Terry Butcher’s side have won just once in their last 19 matches and scored just three gaols in ten games - but Heffernan insist he can provide the firepower needed to keep Hibs up.

“The position we’re in is far from ideal but hopefully I can score the goals to keep us up,” he said. “If I can get a goal that will get some confidence back in the team and give everybody a lift.” (Daily Record)

Young Scots win through to Euro semis

The Scotland Under-17 side have claimed a place in the European Championships semi=-final against Holland on Saturday after a stirring come back to beat Switzerland 1-3.

Scott Gemmill’s half-time team talk saw the youngsters claim three goals in 18 minutes to overturn the Swiss lead and claim another memorable win, coming on the back of a 1-0 defeat of Germany at the tournament in Malta. (various)

+In brief:

• Celtic are to take on Tottenham Hotspur in a glamour pre-season friendly in Helsinki this summer, with the match set to provide a homecoming fro the club’s Finnish striker Teemu Pukki.

• Brendan Rodgers thanked Luis Suarez for making him a better manager as he collected the Football Writers’ Association’s Player of the Year award on behalf of the rehabilitated Liverpool striker.

• Manchester United chiefs have promised major investments on new transfers to ensure a return to the Champions League.

• Mikel Arteta is still angry that Jose Mourinho brandished Arsene Wenger a “specialist in failure” - a derogatory tag Arsenal players can lay to rest in this weekend’s FA Cup final against Hull.