Butcher ready for challenge at Hibernians
TERRY BUTCHER was unveiled as Hibernian's new manager at a press conference this afternoon.
The former England defender took a step closer to being confirmed as Pat Fenlon's replacement after Hibs and his club Inverness agreed a compensation deal.
Butcher and his number two Maurice Malpas - who has turned down the Caley Thistle job to join Butcher at Easter Road - are in the process of thrashing out personal terms.
A statement from Hibernian read: "Hibernian FC confirmed (on Monday) that compensation has been agreed with Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC.
"This means Manager Terry Butcher and Assistant Manager Maurice Malpas now have permission to speak to Hibernian FC to agree personal terms."
Chairman Rod Petrie added: "We are grateful to Inverness Caledonian Thistle for the professional and courteous way in which the discussions between the clubs have been conducted.
"We now look forward to welcoming the new management team to Easter Road Stadium."
News of Butcher's likely departure was met with disappointment by Inverness, who also confirmed Malpas rejected the opportunity to take over as manager.
Meanwhile, Hibernian youngster Danny Handling backed Butcher as the man to transform the fortunes of Hibs.
The midfielder said: "I would be happy if he took over because he's a good manager.
"You see what he has done at Inverness, he's got them high up the table and they are in a (Scottish League Cup) semi-final as well. He has proved he is a good manager at that club.
HOOPS CLOSE IN ON HOLMBERT
Celtic are close to a deal for Iceland Under-21 striker Holmbert Fridjonsson, according to his club chairman.
The 20-year-old recently spent time on trial with Celtic, and Fram chairman Sverrir Einarsson is waiting for the Scottish champions to match his valuation to set up a January move.
Einarsson said: "We have received an offer. We responded to Celtic last night and we are waiting to hear again from them. They are not far away. Celtic would be a very good club for him. He was satisfied himself with the club and he was very happy to be there."