Crozier exit bad news for Old Firm's English goal

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The Rangers chairman John McClelland believes the Old Firm's chances of moving to the Premiership ended when Adam Crozier resigned as chief executive of the Football Association.

Crozier announced his decision to step down from the post last week and the Ibrox chief insists Rangers and Celtic now have no chance of swapping the SPL for England's top league.

McClelland said:"There is nothing more that can be done to further our case. When Adam Crozier resigned last week our last chance of relocating in England went with him. He left his job because the Premiership clubs want to run the game down south.

"If they are to be given control of their own destiny – and the clubs in that league have already voted overwhelmingly in favour of not admitting the Old Firm – then there is even less chance of agreement to admit the Old Firm to the Premiership at the expense of two other clubs."

Dundee United have confirmed Paul Hegarty as their new manager, but only until the end of the season. The former Tannadice defender has been in charge of the side for the last four games following the sacking of Alex Smith last month.

Hegarty was delighted to accept the job – even if it did conjure bad memories of his time at Aberdeen. "I have found myself in potentially the same position as I was when I managed Aberdeen four years ago," he said. "However, when the situation arose to manage my old club, it was too good an opportunity to turn down.

"If I get the results and do as well as I did during my time at Aberdeen then I am sure the chairman will back me to the hilt. I had robust and positive discussions with the chairman yesterday and am just glad that after weeks of speculation everything is now done and dusted."

The Hibernian finance director Scott Lindsay has issued a warning to supporters after the club posted a record £2.8m loss for the financial year. The sales of Ulises de la Cruz and Ulrik Laursen in the summer have not been included in the figures but the club are concerned at the fewer numbers coming through the turnstiles.

Lindsay said: "Our losses next season will be less than £2.8m but that, to a large extent, depends on the fans turning out to Easter Road. So far, comparing the same number of games and matches shown on television, our attendances are down 14 per cent. If that continues for the rest of the season it will give us bigger problems."