Celtic gear up for Spartak clash, SPL clubs back league reorganisation and Campbell Ogilvie to stand again as SFA President.
Celtic v Spartak build-up
• Celtic have been handed a boost ahead of their Champions League tie against Spartak with the news that influential midfielder Jano Ananidze has been ruled out for the Parkhead clash. (Mail)
• Barcelona are expected to field a B team for their match against Benfica. The Catalans have sent out greatly weakened sides for their last matches in three out of four years after securing qualification.
In the last four years Barcelona have only clinched full points in their last game on one occasion. (Mail)
• Spartak’s first choice keeper Sergei Pesyakov has returned to training and could be fit to face Celtic tomorrow night
• The referee in charge of Celtic’s match against Spartak will be German Felix Brych who officiated in last season’s Champions League semi-final between Chelsea and Barcelona at Stamford Bridge
SPL clubs back two division proposal
SPL clubs yesterday backed a proposal for league reconstruction that would see a two tier top flight created with 12 teams in each league with an 18 team lower league. (Scotsman)
Ogilvie considered resigning over Rangers link
SFA president Campbell Ogilvie says he considered stepping down over his links with Rangers during a time when they club used Employee Benefit Trusts.
Ogilvie, who received £95,000 from an EBT, said he felt “compromised” by the situation even though he had exempted himself from any decision-making.
Rangers won the Big Tax Case, which probed their use of EBTs, two weeks ago. (Scotsman)
• Campbell Ogilvie last night announced that he would be seeking re-election to the post of SFA president
Rangers fans call for Tannadice boycott
The Rangers Supporters Association has called for a full boycott of the Ibrox’s side’s clash with Dundee United at Tannadice in protest of the Tayside team’s decision to vote against readmitting newco Rangers back in the SPL. (Scotsman)
SPL suffers close to £12m loss
The SPL has gone from a profit of £2m to a loss of £11.9m, according to a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
The report says the loss of Rangers will cost Celtic alone £2m a season. (Record)
Hearts settle tax bill
The Tynecastle club have paid the outstanding balance on the £450,000 tax bill that threatened to put the club out of existence.
The Gorgie club however have been told that they will have to wait until next year to find out if they will be liable for a £1.75, tax bill which is in dispute. (Scotsman)
Fenlon hopeful of keeping Griffiths
Hibs boss Pat Fenlon says he is hopeful that his side’s 1 - 0 victory over Hearts will help him his battle to retain striker Leigh Griffiths and attract more players to the club. (Scotsman)
• Hearts manager John McGlynn has apologised to supporters for losing Sunday’s derby
• Scotland international Garry Kenneth has apologised for shouting abuse at his own fans after losing his temper during his Bristol Rovers side’s loss to Wycombe Wanderers
• Falkirk have freed former Blackburn Rovers striker Andy Haworth after cutting short his one-year deal
• Queen of the South have appealed against Stephen McKenna’s red card in Saturday’s Scottish Cup final defeat to Kilmarnock