October 24th, 2005

A Scots Earthquake

For more years than most who follow international soccer can remember, Scottish football has been a matter of Rangers and Celtic and Celtic and Rangers, with the rest of the SPL (and its predecessors) being nothing more but chum for the Old Firm.

But that had looked to be changing this year, as Hearts of Midloathian jumped out to an early lead in this year’s table. But as much of a surprise as that’s been, there was a bigger surprise in store on Saturday when head coach George Burley abruptly left the club due to differences with its new millionaire owner, Vladimir Romanov.

It looks like the club is pursuing Sir Bobby Robson as a replacement. As of today, Hearts stand three points clear of Celtic and seven of Rangers in the SPL.

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