SPL title race
SPL title race
Celtic finished their Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League campaign with a comfortable home win over Motherwell but lost out by a point to Old Firm rivals Rangers in the title race.
Rangers secure the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League title in style with an emphatic 5 - 1 win over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park on Sunday.
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Images from the final day of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League season with Celtic taking on Motherwell and Rangers facing Kilmarnock.
Celtic moved back to within one point of Rangers at the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League with a routine victory over Dundee United at Parkhead on Sunday.
Celtic's postponed Scottish Cup quarter-final against Inverness has been rescheduled for Wednesday night.
Like the vast majority of Scottish football supporters, Steve Cowan is no fan of the SPL "split" which is once again looming large.
Celtic took a significant step towards the Scottish Premier League title on Sunday with a surgical victory over their old rivals.
HEARTS manager Jim Jefferies today challenged his players to secure third place and European football before the SPL split in mid-April.
DISTRACTIONS are plentiful for both Rangers and Hearts ahead of this evening's match at Ibrox. The Andy Webster affair, El Hadji Diouf, David Healy, Ian Black and Nikica Jelavic; it is easy to overlook the fact that a potentially pivotal SPL game is taking place.
JIM JEFFERIES today acclaimed Marian Kello's contribution as the Slovakian goalkeeper aimed for a second Old Firm shutout tonight when Hearts meet Celtic at Parkhead.
A WRY smile etches itself across Jim Jefferies' face when asked whether the rest of Scotland welcomes Hearts' challenge to Celtic and Rangers. "Everybody apart from the Hibs supporters," he laughs. "In fact, I met a couple of Hibs supporters who congratulated us and said it's great to see another team up there.
Hearts' next trips to Glasgow will make or break title dream - one man knows how to thrive against big two
KEVIN KYLE and Rudi Skacel are expected to be fit for Hearts' crucial SPL encounter with Rangers this weekend, with manager Jim Jefferies challenging his players to prove they have the mettle to match the Old Firm in the title race.
THE roar at full-time told its own story. Tynecastle's stands vibrated amid widespread euphoria at the end of a monumental day for Hearts' title aspirations.
Scotland manager Craig Levein has thrown his weight behind plans for a ten-team top flight.
HEARTS owner Vladimir Romanov has told SPL clubs to recognise that the quality of football and a fairer cash carve-up are more important than the size of the league, as support for a 14-team top flight gathered pace ahead of Monday's SPL meeting.
FOOTBALL finance expert Stephen Morrow believes that the draw of the Edinburgh derby is one of the main reasons why the SPL's ten-team proposal will become a financial success.
"It should be about what fans want - not greedy chairmen"
TEN-TEAM leagues and repetitive fixture lists are not conducive to cultivating young footballing talent. That is the common perception and one of the major arguments against the SPL's proposal for two leagues of ten.
Everyone concurs, Scottish football is badly in need of yet another shake-up. But, while that much may be agreed, there appear to be as many differing opinions as to how that goal is achieved as there are clubs.