Football Talk: Xavi pledge, Hibs should help Hearts, amazing Mexes goal

Rab Douglas, Dundee, Leigh Griffiths, Hibs, November 2012.
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Neil Lennon can rely on the not inconsiderable help of Barcelona’s Xavi next month, as Celtic seek to better Benfica’s result in the Camp Nou to make the last 16 of the Champions League.

Hearts have got a friend in Hibs legend and all-round gentleman Lawrie Reilly. The life-long Hibee thinks his fellow supporters should do all they can to help their Edinburgh rivals survive.

Hibs meanwhile will be hoping to get close enough to Wolves manager Stale Solbakken to persuade him to allow goal machine Leigh Griffiths to remain on loan at Easter Road.

Likewise Barry Smith is fluttering his eyelashes in the direction of new Hartlepool boss John Hughes.

Mind you, who needs friends when you score goals like Philippe Mexes?

The top lines in Scottish football today, hand-picked just for you, mate.

Xavi: ‘Celtic can count on us against Benfica’
There will be no let-up from the Catalans.

Neil Lennon not thinking of Benfica as Celtic chase qualification
All eyes on Spartak at Celtic Park for the Hoops boss.

Celtic weighing up a move for Polish winger
The young full internationalist Pawel Wszolek is interesting Celtic. (Scottish Sun)

Hearts fan ownership talks ‘encouraging’
Paul Goodwin updates on the latest talks at Tynecastle.

Hibs legend: ‘We should be helping to bail out Hearts
Lawrie Reilly describes his relationship with Hibs’ bitter rivals. (Daily Record)

Pat Fenlon working to keep Leigh Griffiths at Hibs past January
Easter Road boss won’t give up on keeping the striker. (The Scotsman)

Dundee waiting on Colin Nish decision from new Hartlepool boss John Hughes
The big striker could yet stay at Dens Park. (The Courier)

Michael Mols tells SPL to drop dual contracts probe
Dutch favourite has his say on investigation into Rangers. (Daily Record)

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Hearts and Portsmouth fans: Picking up after the speculators
Jambo Nicol Hay talks to Pompey fan Luke Moore about what’s become of their teams. (Football Ramble)

It’s small changes that will make a big difference in league reconstruction
Guest blogger Craig Anderson wants simple modifications for the betterment of the game.

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