Football: Ferguson to keep quiet at hearing

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The Independent Online
DUNCAN FERGUSON, the Rangers striker, will, after all, appear before the Scottish Football Association disciplinary committee in Glasgow today despite misgivings by his club. The player has been charged with assault regarding the alleged butting incident with John McStay of Raith Rovers on 16 April. Rangers felt an appearance now might have a bearing on a future trial.

However, given the sanctions of the sports governing body to suspend both player and club, Ferguson will attend but under strict

instructions not to speak beyond confirming his identity and the fact that he took part in the match.

Despite a 1-0 defeat by Kilmarnock, Rangers' sixth consecutive league title was confirmed beyond any doubt on Saturday as Motherwell drew with Raith Rovers. The champions, with their striker Mark Hateley playing in central defence, were without 10 players through injury and have collected just one point from their last four games.

The two points could prove invaluable to Kilmarnock in their fight to avoid relegation with St Johnstone now appearing to be favourites for the drop. A 1-0 defeat by Aberdeen leaves them a point behind Killie and two adrift of Hearts and Partick Thistle with one game remaining.

Hearts beat Dundee United 2-0 at Tynecastle while Partick went through agonies at Celtic Park having a goal knocked off before drawing 1-1 with Celtic.

Falkirk hold the upper hand in the First Division promotion battle after a 3-0 home win against Hamilton, while Dunfermline lost 1-0 in the last game to be played at Airdrie's Broomfield ground, which will be demolished for the building of a supermarket.

Falkirk lead Dunfermline by two points going into the last Saturday.