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Wembley want Old Firm final.

Wembley wants to stage the Scottish Cup Final - if it's an Old Firm showdown.

SFA chiefs face the dilemma of finding a neutral venue if Celtic and Rangers reach the May final because Hampden is still being renovated.

But Wembley bosses would be happy to help - and Celtic skipper Tom Boyd is backing the idea.

He reckons it would be a better solution than tossing a coin for home advantage at Parkhead or Ibrox. Boyd said: "A two-legged final would be more acceptable but the Old Firm players in Scotland's World Cup squad have to leave for America on May 19.

"I'd favour a one-off final at Wembley as an alternative."

The Old Firm last met in a cup final in 1989 and nine finals have been played at Parkhead or Ibrox since rebuilding started at Hampden.

SFA press officer Andy Mitchell said: "The executive committee will discuss that matter if the need arises."

But Wembley spokesman Martin Corrie was more enthusiastic. He said: "We would look forward to it."

Meanwhile, Celtic coach Wim Jansen has admitted he found 16-goal Henrik Larsson by accident. Jansen said: "I had been sent to spy on another player who was with Trelleborgs.

"Instead I could not stop watching Henrik."

He never forgot Scottish Football Writers' Player of the Year candidate Larsson and bought him from Dutch giants Feyenoord for pounds 650,000.

SCOTTISH managers' rep Alex Smith wants coaches to study their contracts before signing after Jim Duffy revealed that he's set to sue former club Hibs for a cash settlement.

SCOTLAND'S babes face a tough group as hosts of the European Under-16 tournament on April 26. Ross Mathie's kids play Spain, Republic of Ireland and Finland.

ASTON VILLA keeper Mark Bosnich wants UEFA to go easy on Atletico Madrid's yobs and SCRAP his booking instead.

He was booked for time-wasting when he drew the referee's attention to missiles being thrown at him during Villa's 1-0 UEFA Cup defeat. He said: "I don't want them fined. I'd rather they scrap the booking."

RANGERS midfielder Derek McInnes this week ended SEVEN MONTHS of injury agony by playing 90 minutes of a 1- 0 reserve win over Hearts. He said: "I have a new manager in Dick Advocaat to impress and I want to be fit and playing this season."

RC LENS beat John Collins' Monaco 1-0 to move to second place behind Metz in the French first division, leaving Monaco fourth.

FIVE nations want to host Euro 2000 - Austria and Hungary combined, Spain, Switzerland and Portugal if they can find a partner.

JIM FARRY will today begin a three-day round of crunch World Cup talks in Paris.

And fighting for more tickets for the Tartan Army is top of his agenda.

The SFA chief executive joins manager Craig Brown, president Jack McGinn, medical chief Prof Stuart Hillis, security adviser Willie McDougall and media chief David Findlay in Paris for the France 98 workshop.

And improving on the Tartan Army's measly 9,000 allocation for our three ties will be the key issue in the negotiations as our June 10 glamour curtain- raiser with Brazil looms.

TICKETS are selling well for Scotland's World Cup warm-up against Denmark at Ibrox on March 25. A parent and child brief for pounds 13 is proving the most popular.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Keevins, Hugh; King, Iain
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Mar 8, 1998
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