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 says today bigger than Celtic cup tie
Hearts boss Gary Locke believes Friday’s crucial creditor’s meeting at Tynecastle is more important than Sunday’s Scottish Cup clash with holders Celtic.
Fans group the Foundation of Hearts have put forward a financial package worth £2.5million which will be submitted to creditors today.
Butcher says Hibs have talent
Hibs boss Terry Butcher admits he has been pleasantly surprised by that standard of player he has inherited from Pat Fenlon.
He said: “The players are improving all the time. A lot of them have surprised me by how good they are and the quality that they have got.
“We have got quantity in terms of the numbers but we have also got quality within that. So the signs are good.
Skacel at Hearts match
Rudi Skacel will attend a Hearts match for the first time this season as he hopes to be their lucky charm for the Celtic cup clash.
Currently without a club, he has consistently been linked with a return to Hearts, but said the time was not right to talk about his future. (Scotsman)
Hibs players ‘not 111 years old’
Terry Butcher is ignoring any talk of a Hibs jinx, saying it all comes down to how the current squad play.
“The players are not 111 years old and have not played in every year that we haven’t won the competition. You can get carried away with the fact we haven’t won it for so long and then it becomes a burden.
“It doesn’t matter because that history can’t affect the game. Neither can the crowd, the stadium or records or form. It does not matter. All that matters is how we play.”
Celtic not giving out favours
Hearts boss Gary Locke does not expect Celtic to hand his side any set-piece favours like they did to AC Milan on Tuesday.
The Jambos host the Hoops at Tynecastle on Sunday in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup.
Rowan Vine censured
Rowan Vine has received a censure from the Scottish Football Association following an “offensive” tweet to Celtic boss Neil Lennon.
Vine faced an SFA hearing on Thursday after being charged with “making offensive comments on Twitter suggesting the use of violence”.
• Rangers board nominee Paul Murray is confident of fresh investment in the Ibrox club if there are boardroom changes at the club’s AGM on December 19.
• Two men will appear in court today after being charged as part of an investigation into alleged football match-fixing.
• Andre Villas-Boas defended Roberto Soldado after the Spaniard drew another blank on Thursday night.
• Micah Richards is keen for Manchester City to get back to showing the kind of defensive solidity they have displayed over the last few years.
• Chelsea’s stars can have no complaints if Jose Mourinho wields the axe after lack lustre defeat in Basle, according to Cesar Azpilicueta.
• Patrice Evra has warned Manchester United’s critics to wait until the end of the season before jumping to conclusions about them.
• Michael Laudrup was left ruing another controversial piece of officiating as his Swansea side missed the chance to secure a place in the knockout stages of the Europa League with a 1-0 defeat against Valencia at the Liberty Stadium.
• Owen Coyle was left hoping for a favour after Wigan spurned the chance to qualify for the knockout stages of the Europa League.
• Arsene Wenger is hoping the “massive” presence of Aaron Ramsey can help keep Arsenal top of the Barclays Premier League when the midfielder returns to former club Cardiff on Saturday.
• On-loan Liverpool forward Victor Moses set himself an ambitious 20-goal target for the current season and he is still hopeful he can come close to delivering.
• Ryan Giggs has threatened to stay in bed to avoid becoming the victim of a 40th birthday prank.
• Nottingham Forest boss Billy Davies insists he and his players remain positive about their Sky Bet Championship campaign despite the “disaster” of skipper Chris Cohen’s season-ending injury.