McCoist: SFA should drop probe

Chelsea are without captain John Terry for the visit of

Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, but City skipper

Vincent Kompany undergoes a late test.

Terry is missing for the Blues after he picked up a knee injury

against Liverpool two weeks ago.

Daniel Sturridge missed the defeat to Juventus with a hamstring

problem, but Fernando Torres could return to the starting XI after

being benched in Turin.

New manager Rafael Benitez is without midfielder Frank Lampard

as he continues his recovery from a calf injury.

Manchester City captain Kompany (knee) will be given a fitness

test ahead of the trip to Chelsea after suffering injury late in

the midweek clash with Real Madrid.

Striker Mario Balotelli, dropped for the defeat of Tottenham a

fortnight ago, has been training after being forced out of the last

two games by a back injury.

Left-back Gael Clichy (ankle) is back in contention while

midfielder Jack Rodwell (hamstring) edges closer to a return but

right-back Micah Richards (knee) is still out.

A First Tier Tax Tribunal this week delivered a majority verdict

in favour of the Ibrox side, who were facing a claim by HMRC in

relation to the use of Employee Benefit Trusts.

The decision could have an impact on an SPL-appointed commission

inquiry into alleged undisclosed payments to Rangers players under

a previous regime which centres on EBTs.

If found guilty, Rangers could be stripped of titles.

The hearing was set to take place earlier this month but has

been delayed, with no new date set as yet.

McCoist believes the scrapping of the probe would provide

closure on a turbulent period in the Light Blues’ history.

He said: “I would be extremely hopeful that common sense would

now prevail and they would drop it.

“That would be the ideal situation and we could all start moving

forward again.

“All we want is an opportunity to start again and move

forward.

“If they did that, there would certainly be closure on that

point and we could start again.”

On the verdict, McCoist added: “From the club’s point of view,

it’s one we hoped we would get.

“The over-riding feeling was satisfaction and pleasure.

“We feel it was the right decision and we’re delighted with

it.”