Burns, who has brought success in his first season, is furious about what he called a "dilution" of his powers as manager and at McCann's ponderous progress in the transfer market since a share issue raised pounds 14m in January.
Some good news came from the European football union, who stated yesterday that Scotland are rated provisionally in Europe's top 16 nations. That would allow Celtic to avoid the Cup-Winners' Cup preliminary round, but Uefa warned their status is still subject to downgrading.
The Hearts chairman, Chris Robinson, has reacted cautiously to reports that an Edinburgh businessman, Jim Glass, is to launch a pounds 9m takeover bid for the club. Glass, confirming his interest, said yesterday: "I'm fed up hearing Hearts being talked about as Scotland's third biggest club. We must aim to be No 1."Reuse content