Hearts/Hibs round-up:Locke future| Thomson exit?

Gary Locke. Picture: Neil Hanna
Gary Locke. Picture: Neil Hanna
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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.

Thomson looking to leave

Hibs goalkeeping coach Scott Thomson is set to leave Easter Road, after reportedly looking for an early release from his contract.

The 47-year-old’s contract is due to expire at the end of the season but it is understood that he has been pushed down the pecking order since the arrival of Terry Butcher and his backroom staff. (Daily Express)

Locke ‘should stay’

Dylan McGowan says the Hearts players don’t want Gary Locke to go if a review by the Foundation of Hearts chooses to replace him.

There has been much talk over Locke’s future, but McGowan says the boss has done a great job despite having one hand tied behind his back. (Sun)

Stanton out to impress

Teenage midfielder Sam Stanton admits he was determined to show his flair after being given licence to attack by Hibernian boss Terry Butcher.

The 19-year-old had made 18 substitute appearances in two years before Butcher handed him his first start last month.

Hearts move on

Gary Locke says Hearts can learn and move on after their 2-0 loss to Celtic, and continue to progress against Motherwell this weekend.

Locke says Hearts were in the Celtic game right up until the last minute. (Daily Record)

In brief:

• Former Ibrox director Dave King has warned that Celtic will “shoot through 10 in a row and beyond” unless Rangers secure a significant one-off investment.

• John Rankin claimed Dundee United could be on the verge of glory after the midfielder agreed a two-year contract extension.

• Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill is hoping to benefit from Southampton’s famed production line after calling up former Saints midfielder Ben Reeves.

• Jose Mourinho knows Chelsea need to be more clinical if they are to end his first season back in charge with silverware.

• Roy Hodgson will try to strike the right balance between youth and experience on Thursday when he names his squad for the final friendly before he decides who goes to the World Cup.

• Tens of thousands of people are expected to turn out today for the civic funeral of Sir Tom Finney CBE in Preston.

• Manchester United’s shares rallied on the New York Stock Exchange despite the club’s disappointing defeat in the Champions League and false rumours over David Moyes’ future.

• Kyle Naughton does not think Tottenham can use their gruelling Europa League campaign as an excuse for falling off the pace in the Barclays Premier League.

• Swansea midfielder Pablo Hernandez believes his team can spring a surprise and beat Napoli to progress to the last 16 of the Europa League.