The Bulletin: FA compliance officer issues referee warning | New Hibs manager is ‘Premier League class’


GRAHAM BEAN, the FA’s first ever compliance officer, has urged the Scottish FA to follow England’s example by investing more in their disciplinary department in order to quell the growing unrest over retrospective punishments in the wake of some high-profile controversies. “They could go and visit them [the FA] and see how they have developed their department over a number of years,” said Bean. “Nowadays, in fairness to the FA, there is a level of consistency that is acceptable.”

And McGregor himself believes that Celtic have the ability to raise their game ahead of Thursday night’s clash with Spanish side Valencia. “I think that the night we beat RB Leipzig provided the blueprint for us and, if we can turn in a similar display against Valencia, we should be all right,” said McGregor. “It’s about us being upbeat and wanting to push ourselves – then we’ll see what happens.”

Legendary Rangers winger Willie Johnston has urged Alfredo Morelos to follow the example of his old team-mate Colin Stein, who Johnston says “got the s*** kicked out of him”. Johnston said: “I like watching anybody who scores goals. But Alfredo has got a problem and he is finding it hard. He will only find it harder too. He will just get picked on every week. He has got to learn, that is all there is to it.”

The Herald’s Matthew Lindsay has pointed out five lessons that we can learn from Rangers’ stalemate at Rugby Park and has earmarked Ross McCrorie as a contender for the Premiership’s Young Player of the Year award.

Darryl Eales, the former chairman of Oxford United who appointed Hibernian target Michael Appleton when he was in charge, says the Leith club would be “very fortunate indeed” to land the 43-year-old. “If the Hibs job is for him, I think they’re very fortunate indeed. I think he’ll do an extremely good job,” said Eales. “For me, he’s definitely, longer term, got the potential to manage in the Premier League.”

Inverness and Ross County will have to wait to see which team will face Dundee United in the quarter finals of the Scottish Cup after their own cup tie finished 2-2 last night, thanks to a late equaliser from County’s Josh Mullin.

And Partick Thistle captain Stuart Bannigan is dreaming of leading his side out at Hampden after the Jags booked their place in the last eight of the Scottish Cup with the win over East Fife at the weekend. Bannigan said: “The last time we were there was way back in 2002, so there are a whole new generation of Thistle fans that probably haven’t seen us at the national stadium in a major competition.”

In golf, new European Tour champion David Law is looking to ahieve in greater things in the near future. “I’m incredibly happy off the course and I’m playing good golf on it,” revealed Law. “I’ve wanted to win on tour for so long. Now I’ve achieved that, I need to set a new, higher goal, which I’ll do.”

And in rugby, Scotland back-row forward Ryan Wilson has been ruled out of the rest of the Six Nations Championship as a result of the knee injury.

Elsewhere, the Scottish Sun are reporting that Kieran Tierney has asked Rodgers to feature against Valencia on this Thursday night.

Niall McGinn has told the Daily Record that he hopes his Scottish Cup display against Queen of the South has shown manager Derek McInnes that he deserves to be in the Aberdeen starting lineup.

And Hearts striker Steven MacLean says his team-mate Uche Ikpeazu requires a gentle touch to get the best out of him, according to the Scotsman.