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PremierLeague-News.Com - Ferguson's Kelty side are unable to train with just a couple of weeks to go before the biggest game in their history.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Barry Ferguson has accused Scottish football’s leaders of showing a lack of respect towards the lower leagues. The worried Kelty Hearts boss fears he may have to throw his players into the biggest game in the club’s history without training for over three months. Despite being declared Lowland League champions last week the Fife outfit are still awaiting the green light to return to training for the Pyramid Play-Off against Highland League champs Brora Rangers in just 17 days’ time. The winner of that tie would be due to play the bottom club in League 2 for a place in the SPFL - although league chiefs have still to decide whether that tie will even go ahead. Kelty - who have been out of action since lower league football was brought to a halt in January - are still abiding by government covid restrictions which means contact training is not allowed and players can’t travel between local boundaries to take part. Despite asking the Scottish Government and SFA for a professional sports exemption - which was granted by the government to Brora last month for their Scottish Cup clashes against Hearts and Stranraer - Kelty have heard nothing back from Holyrood or Hampden. Ferguson admits he’s at breaking point and has major concerns about his players’ preparations for such a key tie. The former Rangers and Scotland captain told Record Sport: “This game is just two weeks away and we are still waiting on the go ahead to allow us to train even though we have told the SFA we will test our players. “We can’t even carry out socially distanced training because the restrictions stop players crossing local boundaries and we have players coming from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Falkirk, Stirling and Dumfries. “I feel helpless, frustrated. “I need to get my players on the pitch - I’ve not seen them for three months. We just need someone to say ‘on you go’. “I’m really disappointed with the sheer lack of communication from the powers above. “There’s a clear lack of respect for the lower league clubs.
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. It’s a fantastic system because there’s a lot of clubs out there with a clear idea of where they want to go but they are up against brick walls constantly. “Lower league football is looked upon with a total lack of respect. “It’s really worrying.”
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Lowland League officials have been pressing Kelty’s case with the authorities since last week. The Fife club and their Highland League counterparts, Brora, are praying their potential pathway to the SPFL is not blocked for a second season in a row after last year's play-offs were cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis. But SPFL chiefs have yet to confirm whether the two-legged showdown with the team that finishes bottom of League 2 will go ahead. A Kelty statement said: “It is now over a week since the SLFL declared Kelty Hearts as their champion club and subsequently as the SLFL representative in the Pyramid Play-Off. “Despite repeated attempts by club officials and by SLFL officials we are yet to receive confirmation from the SFA or government that a professional sports exemption is being granted to allow the squad to return to training in order to fully prepare for these games. “An email from the club to the SFA chief executive on Monday, April 5, is still awaiting reply. “The exemption that the club requires is identical to that previously granted to SHFL clubs to enable their participation in the second and third rounds of the Scottish Cup, an exemption now also required by Brora Rangers following their exit from the Scottish Cup. “In the interests of player wellbeing we call on government representatives and SFA officials to grant the required exemption as a matter of urgency. “With little over two weeks until the scheduled first leg any further delay will be grossly unfair on the players involved, with sufficient preparation time required to prevent injury as much as possible having been out the game since the beginning of January.”
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