Hearts/Hibs round-up: Ukio deal| Hibs relegation fight

Terry Butcher.  Picture: Robert Perry
Terry Butcher. Picture: Robert Perry
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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.

Hibs bid to avoid playoff

Terry Butcher says Hibs need points to ensure their survival in the premiership, as they sit just seven points above second-bottom St Mirren.

The Easter Road manager says the fightback starts this weekend against Hearts. (Daily Record)

Ukio deal

Creditors of Ukio Bankas are expected to agree the transfer of the company’s shares in Hearts to the Tynecastle club at a meeting in Lithuania on Friday (Full story in the Edinburgh Evening news)

Hearts ‘owe fans win’

Gary Locke says Hearts owe their fans a win this weekend to say thanks for helping the club stay alive.

Hibs will be keen to sink their city rivals in what could be a relegation decider for the Tynecastle club. (Sun)

Hibs boost

Hibs could be handed a selection boost as Owain Tudor-Jones looks set to play in today’s under-20s match with Rangers.

He has been absent since a hamstring problem flared up in January. (Daily Record)

In brief:

• Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has no concerns over his team coming back down to earth at Dingwall following their League Cup trophy parade on Sunday.

• Aberdeen goalkeeper Jamie Langfield admits their “totally overwhelming” city reception has given him the appetite to win more trophies with the Dons.

• Danny Lennon insists it is time for big hearts at St Mirren as his side try to get away from the Scottish Premiership relegation play-off spot.

• Nicky Clark has told Dundee United to expect Ibrox to be “bouncing” when they take on Rangers in their keenly-awaited William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final clash next month.

• Ross County manager Derek Adams has challenged his players to use their meeting with a rejoicing Aberdeen side to showcase their own talents.

• St Johnstone assistant manager Callum Davidson is sure his players have the commitment and motivation to maintain their intensity after qualifying for the Scottish Premiership top six.

• Chairman and owner Fawaz Al Hasawi has called for patience from Nottingham Forest supporters while he considers his next managerial appointment.

• David Moyes has hit back at Manuel Pellegrini’s claim that Manchester United’s glory days are a thing of the past.

• Manuel Pellegrini might have more reason than any other Manchester City manager in history to adopt a position of superiority as he prepares to take his team to Old Trafford for the first time in his career on Tuesday night.

• Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has challenged his side to quickly get their Barclays Premier League campaign back on course by beating Swansea to “repair the damage” from the “accident” of being thrashed 6-0 at Chelsea.

• Neil Warnock ruled himself out of becoming Nottingham Forest’s next manager on Monday night, stating the conditions were not right for him to become Billy Davies’ successor.

• Leeds’ owners insist they will try to work out a solution to Massimo Cellino’s failed takeover of the club, but the Italian himself claimed on Monday night to be ready to “jump from the window”.

• Everton manager Roberto Martinez admits Ross Barkley is far from the finished article but believes after the most demanding season of his career the midfielder is ready for World Cup duty with England.