Hibs hit out at SPFL over Hearts-Rangers switch

Hibs chief Leeann Dempster has taken issue with the fixture list. Picture: Greg Macvean
Hibs chief Leeann Dempster has taken issue with the fixture list. Picture: Greg Macvean
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Hibs have voiced their displeasure at play-off rivals Rangers playing their final match of the domestic Championship season a day later than them after the Ibrox club’s fixture away at Hearts was moved to Sunday, May 3.

Second-placed Hibs are due to face Falkirk on Saturday, May 2, and with them and Rangers both on 61 points going into the Gers’ match with Livingston tonight, both teams are neck-and-neck in the fight to finish runner-up in the Championship and thus avoid an extra play-off round.

However, with Hibs scheduled to complete their final match before Rangers, there is a chance the Glasgow outfit would know exactly what they needed to do to secure second spot after Hibs had played the Bairns following the decision to screen Hearts v Rangers live on Sky Sports on the Sunday.

In previous seasons, all final-day matches have been played concurrently to avoid one team gaining an unfair advantage and Hibs chief executive Leeann Dempster said: “I have been in contact with the SPFL following its announcement that one final round fixture would kick off after all the other results are known.

“I have reminded them in very clear terms that – as the organiser of the competition – the responsibility for protecting its unimpeachable sporting integrity lies with them.”