Hearts keeper Banks 'sacked as top team coach'

HEARTS boss Vladimir Romanov has reportedly axed keeper Steve Banks, and sacked him as first-team keeper coach.

The Englishman was dumped from Csaba Laszlo's squad to face Rangers just hours before kick-off.

The Jambos then announced on their website that he had effectively retired and would assume a full-time role as youth-team keeper coach - a demotion from the coaching role he held for seven months.

McDonald appeals for chance between sticks

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JAMIE McDonald is appealing for new Hearts coach Csaba Laszlo to give him a chance in goal.

McDonald reportedly watched Hearts sign Lithuanian goalkeeper Marian Kello last week and feared the worse.

And after making his competitive debut for the club at Ibrox, the former Queen of the South loan star is said to have appealed to his coach to keep the new man on the sidelines a while longer.

Hanlon dedicates goal to dad

HIBS youngster Paul Hanlon celebrated his winning goal in Saturday's match against Falkirk with a display for his proud father Derek.

After prodding the ball over the line, Hanlon, a life-long Hibs fan, ran straight towards his father in the Famous Five Stand and planted a kiss on the club crest on his jersey.

The 18-year-old scored the 47th minute winner in a 3-2 victory over Falkirk.

Cricket captain fears England washout

SCOTTISH cricket captain Neil McCallum has reportedly revealed he fears a washout if the heavens open or England win the toss.

As the squad prepared for the first ever contest between Scotland and England to a sell-out 6000 crowd at The Grange, McCallum reportedly conceded the toss will be paramount to the Scots' hopes of giving Kevin Pietersen's men a test.

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But a gloomy weather forcast could mean the captains don't even make it that far.