Rangers face a 25-point deduction in the Championship if they slump into administration again, Neil Lennon denies Norwich rumours, and a shake-up looms at Easter Road
Rangers boycott could lead to 25-point deduction
RANGERS would start the 2014/15 Championship campaign with a 25-point deduction if the season-ticket boycott by supporters forces the club into administration any time after Saturday’s game against Dunfermline at East End Park.
SPFL sources last night confirmed that the Ibrox club’s season officially ends following their final league fixture and not once the play-offs have been completed on 25 May.
Rangers are 39 points clear in League One and would still be promoted even if they went bust before the weekend, but if an insolvency event happened after that it would seriously damage their hopes of winning promotion next season. (Daily Express)
Lennon denies Norwich rumours on German spying mission
NEIL Lennon flew to Germany last night to run the rule over potential Celtic signing targets and denied he had been approached by Norwich over the vacant manager’s job.
Finnish midfielder Alexander Ring and 13-goal striker Simon Zoller are believed to be on the Parkhead club manager’s shopping list as he took in Kaiserslautern’s Bundesliga 2 clash with Union Berlin.
But when asked about a possible link to relegation-haunted Canaries, Lennon said: “It is just speculation. I don’t know anything about that.” (The Sun)
Motherwell chief poised to take reins at Hibs
HIBERNIAN’S first major signing of the summer is set to be Motherwell’s chief executive Leeann Dempster.
The Fir Park supremo is tipped to take the same role as part of a major restructuring at the struggling Easter Road club.
Chairman Rod Petrie could also appoint a director of football and will try to lure former Hibs star Eddie May in to lead their youth set-up. (The Sun)
Kilmarnock sweat over fake signature allegations
KILMARNOCK will discover this week if they face a possible points deduction over allegations that a staff member forged a player’s signature so that he could play in a match against Celtic.
League chief Neil Doncaster has launched a probe into the claim and the SPFL’s legal advisor Rod McKenzie is set to announce his initial findings in the next 48 hours.
In England yesterday Wimbledon were hit with a three-point deduction for fielding an ineligible player, but Killie could stand accused of deliberately attempting to deceive the SPFL which would carry a heftier punishment. (Daily Record)
McInnes keen to bring Taylor-Sinclair back to Aberdeen
ABERDEEN want to take Partick Thistle defender Aaron Taylor-Sinclair back to the Granite City.
Dons manager Derek McInnes is on the lookout for a new left-back and former Pittodrie starlet Taylor-Sinclair, who is out of contract in the summer, is on his radar.
His early season form captured the attention of Celtic and Aberdeen could face stiff competition for his signing. (The Sun)
BT Sport Q&A: Rangers | Hibs | Neil Lennon
THIS week’s BT Sport video Q&A looks at whether Rangers fans will buy season tickets and if the club’s supporters will force a change of ownership.
The form of Hibs under Terry Butcher is also examined following the Easter Road side’s derby defeat while the future of Neil Lennon is also considered following the announcement that his assistant Johan Mjallby is to depart at the end of the season.
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