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European final set for Ibrox

IBROX has been chosen to host this season's European Cup-winners' Cup final on May 8, according to an unconfirmed report by the the Italian news agency ANSA.

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The last European final to be staged in Scotland was Dundee United v Gothenburg, a UEFA Cup two-legged final in 1987, and the last time Scotland was used for a neutral-venue European final was the 1976 European Cup, when Bayern Munich beat St Etienne of France at Hampden Park. Ibrox is on an approved UEFA list of 16 possible venues for major finals. Work is currently under way on seating the corners of the stand to take the capacity to above 50,000. That work is scheduled to be completed by the end of the season. The Dutch city of Rotterdam is reported to be the back-up host venue for the final. ANSA also reported that UEFA had decided on Rome's Olympic Stadium as the location for the European Cup final on May 22. UEFA have not yet officially confirmed the venues. Both decisions would be subject to ratification by UEFA's executive committee when it meets in Birmingham next Friday. q MARK McGhee's appointment as Wolves' manager could be delayed while the storm over his controversial departure from Leicester yesterday blows itself out. McGhee went to ground after he angered Leicester by rejecting a huge increase in salary and walked out along with No.2 Colin Lee and coach Mike Hickman. The silence from Molineux was deafening and Wolves may delay an announcement until after Sunday's trip to Luton. ``If he goes to Wolves I hope they get relegated,'' said Leicester captain Steve Walsh. ``All the players are upset. They want to prove to Mark that what he's done is wrong. We feel that what's happened is a disgrace.'' McGhee turned down a king's ransom, apparently for Wolves' gold. Leicester chairman Martin George even questioned his own sanity after offering to catapult McGhee into the ranks of England's top five best-paid managers. The 38-year-old Scot is believed to have been offered an extra #1000 a week to stay at Filbert Street. George applied for a High Court injunction in an attempt to stop Brian Little joining Aston Villa a year ago. Now another court battle looms. q THE European Court of Justice will announce their final decision on the Jean-Marc Bosman transfer system case in Brussels next Friday, according to a court official. The transfer market faces collapse if the court follows the recommendation in September by one of their chief legal advisers, court advocate general Carl Otto Lenz, that they should declare the system and its limits on foreign players illegal. Such a verdict could wipe fortunes off the value of big name clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool, rendering their star assets worthless, while ruining smaller ones. Belgian Bosman argues professional footballers in European Union countries are entitled to the same freedom of movement enjoyed by other workers. His case started in 1990 when a transfer from Belgium's FC Liege to Dunkirk in France was blocked by Liege. Yesterday's results Premier Reserve League - Hearts 5, Rangers 1. BP Youth Cup - Partick Thistle 0, Aberdeen 2 (Derek Young, Darren Young).

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