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Hibernian hail 'sensible outcome' as Rangers game is moved

By Staff Reporter

Hibernian have welcomed a U-turn over the scheduling of the Scottish Championship finale - but are baffled as to why league bosses were taken by surprise by the furore sparked by moving Rangers' trip to Tynecastle.

All Championship games will now kick off on the original date - Saturday, May 2 - at the earlier time of 12.15pm after the Hearts-Rangers game alone was initially moved to the Sunday for live television coverage.

Both Hibs and Hearts had raised concerns over "sporting integrity" being undermined by the fact that Rangers could know exactly what was needed to secure second spot and one less play-off game, a point of view that Ibrox boss Stuart McCall fully understood.

But, despite the widespread opposition to Wednesday's announcement, the Scottish Professional Football League had said "it is not clear to us why this has caused so much surprise".

After Sky Sports came up with an alternative broadcast slot, Hibs chief executive Leeann Dempster said: "That was the sensible outcome."

Meanwhile, the new regime running Rangers have been fined £5,500 by the Scottish Football Association after admitting the previous board breached "duel ownership" rules by allowing Newcastle chief Mike Ashley into Ibrox.

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