Hearts/Hibs round-up: Relegation fight| Butcher

Ryan Stevenson. Picture Phil Wilkinson
Ryan Stevenson. Picture Phil Wilkinson
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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.

Hearts not sunk yet

Ryan Stevenson says Hearts will not go down without a fight after the loss to Kilmarnock pushed them closer to the trapdoor.

“We’ve nine games left and the least the club and the fans deserve is that we give our all in those games. (Daily Express)

Butcher denied

Hibs boss Terry Butcher was also left disappointed after seeing his side denied what would have been a memorable comeback victory.

He said: “We came in at half-time and I wouldn’t say we played particularly badly, but we were 2-1 down. The last five or 10 minutes had lifted everybody. They lifted the crowd, so that was good and that obviously lifted the players.” (

Boyd makes difference

Hearts manager Gary Locke, who tried to bring Kris Boyd to Tynecastle in the summer, agreed that the striker made the difference in the 4-2 loss to Kilmarnock.

“I think it was clear for all to see,” said Locke. “I know him well and in the three games we’ve played against them this season he’s been the difference between the teams. There’s no doubt about that.”

‘Well ‘deserved more’

Motherwell striker John Sutton admits the Fir Park outfit were disappointed to have only collected a point at Hibernian - despite needing his stoppage-time goal just to rescue a dramatic 3-3 draw.

Stuart McCall’s side took command of the game as a strike from Sutton and a sublime individual effort from Lionel Ainsworth saw them leading 2-0 after just 29 minutes at Easter Road.

In brief:

• Rangers survived one of the most embarrassing results in their history when Bilel Mohsni’s challenge on Albion Rovers goalkeeper Neil Parry resulted in a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw with the part-timers in their William Hill Scottish Cup quarter-final tie at Ibrox.

• Nadir Ciftci scored a double to secure vengeance for himself and Dundee United as Jackie McNamara’s side stormed into the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-finals with a 5-0 thrashing of nine-man Inverness.

• Uwe Rosler hailed Wigan’s FA Cup quarter-final victory over Manchester City as the greatest of his managerial career.

• Mesut Ozil is finally over the mental blow of his penalty miss nightmare as he aims to help defeat Bayern Munich in the Champions League next week, according to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

• Hull boss Steve Bruce is relishing an all-Yorkshire FA Cup semi-final against Sheffield United at Wembley after steering the Tigers into the last four of the competition for the first time in 84 years.