D-Day for Murrayfield, Hampden
Miller returns to playing role with Dundee
Kenny Miller’s playing career is set to continue with Dundee at Dens Park (photo: SNS Group)
Premiership strugglers Dundee have won the race to sign veteran striker Kenny Miller as they look to kick-start their season.
A two-year deal offered by Neil McCann has persuaded the 38-year-old that his future lies at Dens Park, despite the Dark Blues propping up the table without a point after three matches.
Former Rangers star Miller, who controversially left Livingston earlier this month after just seven weeks as the Lions’ player-manager, was also interesting top-flight new boys St Mirren.
Hearts, meanwhile, are set to sign Craig Wighton from Dundee in a deal reported to be worth six figures.
The Scotland under-21 international had been interesting clubs both north and south of the Border but the table-topping Jambos appear to have got their man in the wake of Miller’s move to Tayside.
Wighton, who has been with Dundee for six years, battled back from a serious knee injury last season but was likely to struggle for game time with Miller’s arrival.
MacPhee takes Hearts reins
Hearts assistant manager Austin MacPhee is to take the reins at Tynecastle while Craig Levein recovers from his health scare.
The former Scotland boss was admitted to hospital on Monday morning, with what is believed to have been a heart-related issue.
Although expected to be allowed home shortly, reports suggest it could be two months before the 52-year-old is back in the dug-out.
Hearts entertain St Mirren at Tynecastle this Saturday, MacPhee having been a coach at The Buddies during Danny Lennon’s time in charge.
Murrayfield, Scotland Rugby’s HQ ,has already hosted high-profile football matches in recent times (pic: SNS Group)
D-Day for Murrayfield
The board of the Scottish FA is to convene at Hampden Park to decide where Scotland’s fixtures will be played after the current lease expires in 2020.
After rejecting proposals from Celtic and Rangers at the turn of the year to share the staging of internationals and major cup finals, the board has been mulling over a move to BT Murrayfield in Edinburgh as opposed to retaining Hampden Park as the game’s National Stadium.
The powers at be at Scottish Rugby HQ have been running a charm offensive over the past months to prove Murrayfield’s credentials, though the sensible money is on the status quo being preserved.
Hampden Park is owned by second division amateur club Queen’s Park, yet their offer five months to sell the stadium, in principle, to the governing body, could well be the compelling part of the argument for the seven-strong board.
Hampden has hosted Scotland games for 112 years and despite undergoing a major reconstruction in the early 1990s, it is regularly criticised for its poor supporter experience with fans seated a considerable distance from the pitch.
The same could be said for the 67,000-capacity Murrayfield, although both Celtic and Hearts have staged home games there in recent years to great success.
Should the board opt to remain at Hampden, there is every chance it will do so on the proviso there is some sort of rebuilding done to bring the supporters closer to the action, particularly behind each goal.