Ian Murray backs Dumbarton-Hibs kick-off stance

Dumbarton boss Ian Murray. Pic: SNS

Dumbarton boss Ian Murray. Pic: SNS

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Ian Murray today defended Dumbarton’s decision to knock back a bid from Hibs to change the date of their Easter Road match next month.

The Edinburgh club had wanted to bring the game forward a day to avoid a clash with Scotland’s European Championship qualifying match against Georgia on Saturday, October 11, which kicks off at 5pm.

But Hibs’ suggestion they play at 7.45pm the Friday night before was turned down by their Championship rivals, leaving fans who have already bought tickets for the international clash facing a dilemma as to which match to attend.

Dumbarton boss Murray, however, insisted switching kick-off would have caused his part-time players enormous problems, pointing out that a Friday night game would come at the end of a working week for them while it would also have disrupted their training schedule of Tuesday and Thursday nights.

The former Easter Road skipper said: “It would obviously be easier for Hibs as a full-time club than us. I understand the Scotland game is one people want to see, but you’d be asking our players to work all week and then play on a Friday night while our routine is to train on Tuesdays and Thurdays from 8 to 10pm.”

Murray, though, admitted he found it strange that only four weeks into the season there was a complete league shut-down as Scotland faced Germany in Dortmund on the Sunday night but this time round a full programme outwith the Premiership had been planned despite it coinciding with Gordon Strachan’s side being in action in Glasgow.