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Kirk denied a crack at Celtic

Northern Ireland striker Andy Kirk has been denied a possible crack at Celtic.

His Dunfermline Athletic side were yesterday thrown out of the Scottish Cup, rendering Kirk’s two goals in Saturday’s 7-1 win over Stenhousemuir void.

The Pars not only fielded the suspended Calum Woods as a substitute, they also failed to submit a teamsheet that included the mandatory two under-21 players and neglected to specify the ages of the players on their teamsheet, another breach of the rules.

Dunfermline were drawn against the winners of the Celtic against Greenock Morton tie in the next round, a potential moneyspinner for the Scottish First Division side, but Stenhousemuir will now take their place.

SFA chief executive Gordon Smith said: “While it is unfortunate that Dunfermline Athletic will no longer be participating in the Active Nation Scottish Cup, the emergency committee were left with no alternative after it emerged the club had breached several rules.”

Meanwhile there was better news for another Northern Ireland man in Scotland. Jimmy Nicholl is back in football after leaving Aberdeen last summer.

Jimmy Calderwood was yesterday appointed as the new manager of Kilmarnock and Nicholl, who was his assistant at the Dons, will join him at Rugby Park.

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