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Stewart Regan has ruled out a relaxation of the laws that preclude footballers from betting on matches. Picture: AP

Stewart Regan has ruled out a relaxation of the laws that preclude footballers from betting on matches. Picture: AP

SFA vows betting crackdown, Neil Lennon ‘not going to Sunderland’, Hearts get Ryan Stevenson boost, and more.

No let up in betting rules

Stewart Regan, chief executive of the Scottish Football Association, has ruled out a relaxation of the laws that preclude footballers from betting on matches.

Regan argued that small-return lays, such as those that led to Rangers’ Ian Black receiving a ten-match ban last week, represent the “thin end of the wedge” in the wider context of corrupt gambling, and should be aggressively stamped out. (Scotsman)

Lennon staying at Celtic

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell says Neil Lennon is staying put after some linked him with a move to Sunderland, saying it would take something truly special to lure him away.

The Sunderland role became vacant after manager Paolo di Canio was sacked following a poor start to the season. (Scotsman)

Stars will always go south

Lawwell also says teams like Celtic will continue to lose their big stars due to the bigger wages on offer in England.

Lawwell claims that the team had no choice but to sell Gary Hooper, Kelvin Wilson, and Victor Wanyama after they attracted the attention of clubs south of the border. (Daily Express)

Hearts in Stevenson boost

Ryan Stevenson could be back in action for Hearts in the next few weeks as he recovers from a knee injury.

It was previously feared that he could be out for at least 12 weeks after picking up the injury against Hibs at the start of last month. (Daily Express)

Bairns blow

Falkirk have been hit with an injury blow ahead of tomorrow’s Aberdeen clash, after Ollie Durojaiye broke a bone in his foot.

Boss Gary Holt says the 20-year-old player has fractured a metatarsal. (Daily Record)

Thomson vows to make amends

Kevin Thomson has an extra special motivation to help Hibs win the League Cup, as he narrowly missed out on the glory during a previous bout with the club.

Thomson left for Ibrox shortly before Hibs lifted the trophy in 2007, but now he’s back he wants to make amends. (Daily Record)

 

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