Football: Scotland's crazy week

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After one of the most bizarre weeks in the history of the game north of the border, it will almost be a relief to return to Scottish League action today.

Dundee United triggered the managerial merry-go-round on Monday when it was revealed that Billy Kirkwood was to be sacked. Alex Smith's departure from Clyde was announced on the same day. Raith Rovers, St Mirren and Hamilton also became involved - then, on the playing front, Chris Waddle joined Falkirk and Ray Wilkins, 40 today, signed for Hibernian.

Wilkins, a former Rangers player, will make his return to the Premier Division when Hibernian face Raith Rovers at Easter Road, with the home manager, Alex Miller, under severe pressure - he has been widely tipped as the next for the axe.

Raith, meanwhile, try to pick up the pieces after Tommy McLean left for Dundee United less than a week after taking charge at Stark's Park. Two senior players, Miodrag Krivokapic and Steve Kirk, are in charge today - although Raith are still being linked with Iain Munro, who was offered the St Mirren manager's job this week, after resigning from Hamilton, but changed his mind when the Raith job became vacant again.

Celtic, at Dundee United, can stretch their unbeaten run in Premier Division football to 36 matches - the length of a full season's programme. Their last defeat was to Rangers on 30 September 1995. Rangers, like Celtic losers in Europe in midweek, entertain Hearts at Ibrox.

In the First Division, Tony Fitzpatrick, previously caretaker manager, takes charge of St Mirren against Dundee.

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