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Hibs inquiry, Killie win; Gerrard for Celtic?

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Alan StubbsAlex MacDonald, the former Rangers player, has called for Hibernian to be denied their place in the Europa League following Saturday’s post-match violence.

His comments came as Hibs manager Alan Stubbs (pictured) pleaded for his team to be spared any punishment for the Easter Road club over the crowd disorder and assaults on Rangers players and staff which marred their historic Scottish Cup triumph on Saturday.

The Scottish FA and Police Scotland have launched investigations into the trouble which erupted as fans ran on to the pitch at the final whistle.

Stewart Regan, the SFA chief executive, described the incidents as an “embarrassment for Scottish football. The SFA’s punishment includes the option of annulling the results, though this would be highly unlikely.

Rangers issued a statement condemning the action. However,  the investigation will also look at flares let off in the Rangers end of the ground and allegations of sectarian chanting by their supporters.

Alan Stubbs is to auction his Cup final medal to raise money for charity. “I got a letter off a lady who lost a baby in childbirth and she’s trying to raise money for machines so that will be one of them,” he said.

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Kilmarnock retained their Premier League status with an emphatic 4-0 victory over Falkirk in the second leg of the Premiership play-off final.

Goals from Greg Kiltie and Miles Addison inside eight minutes and two more from Kiltie and Kris Boyd gave the Ayshire club a 4-1 aggregate victory.

It was only the fifth defeat of the season for Championship runners-up Falkirk who were cheered by 4,000 visiting fans.

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Former Liverpool and England midfielder Steven Gerrard is said to be in the sights of new Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers.

Gerrard, currently with LA Galaxy, is being lined up as player-assistant manager, according to newspaper reports.

He is said to be homesick and looking for a return to Britain.

Stevie Wood and John Kennedy are expected to stay on at Celtic despite the departure of the senior management team.

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David Moyes, who was a long-time favourite for the Celtic job, now looks destined to take over at relegated Aston Villa

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Former Rangers chief executive Martin Bain is the new chief executive at Sunderland. The former Weber Shandwick PR operator, is currently chief executive at Israeli Premier League club Maccabi Tel Aviv. He will take up his new role at the Stadium of Light on 1 July.

He replaces Margaret Byrne, who resigned as the club’s chief executive in March over the Adam Johnson affair.



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