Hearts/Hibs round-up: Terry Butcher | Locke year

Hibernian's Paul Cairney (right) sees his shot closed down by Gary Warren in last night's stalemate. puic: SNS/Alan Harvey
Hibernian's Paul Cairney (right) sees his shot closed down by Gary Warren in last night's stalemate. puic: SNS/Alan Harvey
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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.

Butcher pleased at no red card

Terry Butcher has admitted he was glad Inverness Caley Thistle skipper Richie Foran avoided a red card during his side’s stalemate with Hibs last night. While admitting Foran was lucky to stay on the pitch following a lunge on Sam Stanton, the Easter Road boss admitted he would have hated to see his old skipper miss out on Sunday’s League Cup final against Aberdeen. He said: “IN one respect I’m thinking from Hibs’ point of view ‘Go on, produce a red’, but I didn’t want that. I wouldn’t want a player to be deprived of a final.”

Locke rues lack of experience

As he approaches a year in the hot-seat at Tynecastle, Hearts gaffer Gary Locke has admitted he rued the lack of dominant experienced players who could have helped bring through the club’s inexperienced youngsters.

While praising the effort and commitment shown by his player, Locke admitted having figureheads like Andy Webster available could have made a huge difference.

Read the full story on Locke’s first year in charge only in today’s Evening News.

Yogi happy to see players come through

Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager John Hughes has admitted his side will take confidence from a clean sheet against Hibs into Sunday’s League Cup final.

The former Hibs star had been unhappy about playing the match so close to Sunday’s showpiece final. But after a 0-0 draw he said it could actually help his players.

“Thankfully we’ve come through it unscathed,” he said. “It wasn’t the greatest of games but it was just good to get game time and take confidence from a clean sheet.”

Scotland set for Dortmund opener in Euro bid

THE Tartan Army are set for a trip to Borussia Dortmund’s home ground to begin their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

Scotland will take on Germany on 7 September at the Westfalenstadion, home to the Champions League finalists who feature a number of Polish and German internationals.

The stadium, one of the most atmospheric and iconic in Europe, will be without its infamous ‘yellow wall’ terrace which cannot be used for international matches. (Record)

In brief:

• Rangers: Skipper Lee McCulloch thanked the Rangers fans for their continual support after his first-half hat-trick in the 3-0 win over Airdrie at Ibrox clinched the Scottish League One title.

• Man City: Manchester City were left to concentrate on their title challenge as their Champions League campaign ended in defeat in Barcelona.

• Tottenham: Sandro has revealed Tottenham’s players were locked in a furious two-hour crisis meeting on the back of Saturday’s heavy defeat at Chelsea.

• Birmingham: Birmingham manager Lee Clark hinted he may report James Linington after claiming the referee “mocked” club captain Paul Robinson during the 3-3 draw against Burnley.