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Ferguson confident ahead of Bayern tie

Posted Tuesday, March 30, 2010 by theguardian.com

Alex Ferguson warns Bayern that Manchester United are near their peak Sir Alex Ferguson feels that the return of his first-choice centre-backs has helped his side hit their peak form. Sir Alex Ferguson has challenged his Manchester United players to capitalise on Bayern Munich's problems in their Champions League quarter-final tomorrow and to demonstrate to Chelsea that his side are in their ...Full Story »

Van Gaal: United don't scare us

Posted Tuesday, March 30, 2010 by PA

Louis van Gaal insists Manchester United have more reason to be afraid of Bayern Munich than the German giants do of their 1999 Champions League final conquerors. In the build-up to Tuesday's quarter-final first leg at the Allianz Arena, Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge suggested his team were scared about trying to keep Wayne Rooney quiet. As the man who must overcome a team who hail fro...Full Story »

Thistle stretched at the back

Posted Tuesday, March 30, 2010 by PA

Partick Thistle are short of defensive cover for the visit of Raith after club captain Alan Archibald became the latest player on the treatment table. Martyn Corrigan and Jackie McNamara remain unavailable due to injury, while Greg Shields' short stay with the club is over following his return to American side Carolina Railhawks. The Maryhill men have lost five of their last seven games and, w...Full Story »

Stewart to continue in goal

Posted Tuesday, March 30, 2010 by PA

Colin Stewart will continue in the Morton goal when they welcome Ayr. Regular stopper Kevin Cuthbert is banned so Stewart will carry on deputising after his first-half introduction at the weekend, while Peter Weatherson is doubtful with a hernia problem. On-loan Hearts striker David Witteveen will be hoping to make a bigger contribution than he did on his debut at the weekend when he was the p...Full Story »

Aulas joins Bordeaux baiting

Posted Tuesday, March 30, 2010 by PA

Outspoken Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has added to the antagonism surrounding their Champions League quarter-final against Bordeaux by poking fun at Les Girondins boss Laurent Blanc. Tension between the Ligue 1 rivals has increased over the past week following a squabble over the scheduling of Lyon's weekend game against Grenoble. Les Gones were hoping to play the fixture on Friday night,...Full Story »

Caley at full strength

Posted Tuesday, March 30, 2010 by PA

Inverness boss Terry Butcher has the luxury of a full squad available for the clash against Ross County. Caley moved to the summit of the First Division after seeing off Partick Thistle at the weekend, though the former England international could freshen things up. He said: "I have to pick a side that keeps everyone fresh for the run-in but I have to balance that against winning this game and...Full Story »

Cardle banned for Pars

Posted Monday, March 29, 2010 by PA

Joe Cardle is suspended for Dunfermline as they take on Dundee. The winger was dismissed against Queen of the South and must now serve a suspension, while midfielder Alex Burke is a doubt. Young goalkeeper Greg Paterson could retain place in goal, but Stephen Glass, Graham Bayne and Andy Kirk are all ruled out. The Pars' title hopes have began to fade after defeats by Partick Thistle and Quee...Full Story »

Backline blues for Crawford

Posted Monday, March 29, 2010 by PA

East Fife are facing something of a defensive crisis ahead of their home game against Brechin. John Ovenstone is doubtful with an ankle knock and player-manager Stevie Crawford is definitely without Mark Staunton, Scott Thomson and Goran Stanic. Recent signing Alan Lowing is also ruled out with a knee problem as the Bayview side look to leapfrog Stenhousemuir and ease their relegation fears. ...Full Story »

Baird set for United return

Posted Monday, March 29, 2010 by PA

John Baird returns to the Airdrie squad as they continue their run of five successive home games against Queen of the South. The striker was suspended for the weekend win over Morton, but he is available again and could be handed an instant recall. Midfielder Kevin McDonald remains out with a ban of his own, while Frankie Lagana continues to struggle with a groin injury. Manager Kenny Black s...Full Story »

Sharp in line for comeback

Posted Monday, March 29, 2010 by PA

Graeme Sharp is set to return to the Peterhead squad for their home game against basement boys Clyde. The winger missed Saturday's 3-1 win over Dumbarton due to work commitments but is available again as the Blue Toon look to boost their play-off hopes. Defenders Callum MacDonald and Davie Donald remain on the sidelines with their respective injuries along with midfielder Nicky Clark. But Bob...Full Story »

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