Bonnyrigg fear title run-in farce

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BONNYRIGG boss Max Christie fears the Super League title race is going to end in a laughable situation due to Musselburgh being forced to play on Scottish Cup Final day.

Burgh have failed in a bid to get next Saturday’s game against Hill of Beath re-arranged despite telling league officials most of their players are heading for Hampden.

In addition to being Hearts and Hibs fans, some of them came through the ranks with players from the two clubs.

“Musselburgh requested the match to be changed but it goes ahead as planned,” league secretary John Reilly confirmed to the Evening News.

Bonnyrigg and Hill of Beath are locked together at the top of the table with two games to go. Rose, who hold the edge on goal difference, are away to Lochee tomorrow, when Hill of Beath travel to Bo’ness. If both win, Hill of Beath will then have a chance to go three points clear against Musselburgh before Bonnyrigg end their league campaign at Carnoustie a fortnight tomorrow.

“If it all came down to Hill of Beath winning the title due to the fact they played against a severely weakened Musselburgh team, that would be farcical and a laughable situation,” said Christie. “It would simply not be right if that was the case.”

A hectic end to the season is starting to take its toll on Christie’s players, with seven of them out injured this weekend.

A 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Hill of Beath last Saturday looked to have dented Rose’s title hopes. But they bounced back to beat Kelty on Monday before pipping Bo’ness on penalties in a Fife & Lothians Cup tie two nights later.