Michel Platini fears for Scottish football

UEFA president Michel Platini yesterday expressed his sympathy - and concern - for Scottish football, the morning after Celtic, Rangers and Hearts were all knocked out of the Europa league at the qualifying stage.

Speaking in Monaco before the draw for the group stages, the Frenchman said: “I am very disappointed with Scottish football which has such a great history in European football.

“They have such great clubs and it is a shame none of them have qualified but these things are decided on the pitch.

“The Scottish league have to look at this situation very seriously now.”