Tuesday 20 February 2018

In brief: League force Rushden out

Rushden & Diamonds were yesterday expelled from the Blue Square Bet Premier at the league's AGM.

The decision was taken in light of the club's precarious financial position, which meant they could not guarantee being able to fulfil their fixtures next season.

They will face a court hearing tomorrow after a major creditor issued a winding-up order over unpaid debts.

Rushden, managed by former Tottenham defender Justin Edinburgh, suffered a five-point deduction last season after being found guilty of submitting incorrect financial information.

"It's very sad news, especially for the fans as they have been so loyal. I really built up a rapport with them," said Edinburgh.

Wilson primed for SPL season

Mark Wilson knows Celtic must hit the ground running next season if they want to succeed at home and abroad.

The Hoops have Europa League qualifiers to contend with, as well as an early start to the SPL this year.

And Wilson hopes their pre-season trip to Australia will ensure Celtic are in top form to make an impact in Europe and contest Rangers for the title in the season ahead.

"At other clubs you want to get off to a flying start but it's not as important as it is at Celtic, where you have to hit the ground running, win your first game and go on a run from the first minute," he said.

"At other teams, you might get away with losing or drawing the first few and make up for it in the season. We have to start fast and win every game we possibly can."

Comolli wants more signings

Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli has promised the club's fans there will be more transfer activity this summer after securing No 1 target Jordan Henderson from Sunderland for £20m.

The 20-year-old is the third major signing since Kenny Dalglish's return as manager, with Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez joining in January.

Now Comolli has said there is more to come. "When you get your first target it's always a good sign because you think the others will come through as well," he said.

The likes of Ipswich Town's Connor Wickham and also Blackpool captain Charlie Adam are on Liverpool's radar.

McCoist eyes up new talent

Rangers manager Ally McCoist will hold talks over the weekend with regards to making Tomer Hemed his first signing.

The Israel international, 24, is on McCoist's wanted list after favourable reports. Hemed would be available on a free transfer after a spell with Maccabi Haifa.

"We'll talk to his agents over the next couple of days," McCoist said. "I've had great reports on him. By all accounts he's a good lad, very professional and has a good attitude."

CFU will meet FIFA members

Investigators probing claims of bribery by senior FIFA members will carry out interviews of the remaining witnesses in the Bahamas.

Around 18 of the 25 members of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) had rejected a summons to meet investigators in Miami but have now agreed to the new venue.

FIFA's ethics committee have appointed an agency to investigate claims that FIFA members Jack Warner and Mohamed Bin Hammam paid or offered bribes of $40,000 to each of the CFU's associations.

Warner and Bin Hammam have been suspended pending the outcome of the probe.

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