Hearts/Hibs round-up: Paulo Sergio| Terry Butcher

Gary Locke and Paulo Sergio. Picture: Ian Georgeson
Gary Locke and Paulo Sergio. 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.

Sergio backs Locke

Ex-Hearts boss Paulo Sergio has hit out at critics of current manager Gary Locke, saying that he should be praised for his work under difficult circumstances.

Sergio also said that he would like to return to Tynecastle someday, but not in place of Locke. (Daily Record/Sun)

Butcher wary of Inverness

Terry Butcher knows the character of his former Inverness players well enough to appreciate their determination to bounce back from consecutive 5-0 defeats when he returns to the Highlands with Hibs.

“They are good characters, great pros, they have good resilience in the team there. They have players that can win games on their own. We know what we are up against.”

Young Hearts pair hailed

Gary Locke has hailed young attackers Dale Carrick and Sam Nicholson for establishing themselves as key men since the turn of the year.

Carrick and Nicholson, both 19, were Hearts’ two standout players at Kilmarnock on Saturday, with both netting their second goals for the club in the 4-2 defeat. (Full story in today’s Edinburgh Evening News)

Cairney’s Caley plan

Paul Cairney is hoping to take advantage of the hectic situation at Inverness as Hibs look to get back to winning ways.

Cairney reckons Caley will have more focus on Sunday’s League Cup Final against Aberdeen. (Daily Record/Sun)

In brief:

• Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger blasted the antics of “very good diver” Arjen Robben after his side bowed out of the Champions League despite a spirited 1-1 draw against holders Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.

• Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany led from the front as he urged everyone to believe ahead of his side’s crunch Champions League clash in Barcelona.

• Alan Pardew will start his record seven-match ban by missing Newcastle’s trip to Fulham this weekend.

• Massimo Cellino has told Leeds he will not inject any more money into the club unless his takeover bid is approved by the Football League.