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SPL and Scottish League escape brunt of storm but English clubs not so lucky


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As horrendous weather sweeeps across most of  Wales, the South West and Midlands, the North West and Scotland have so far escaped fairly lightly. (This correspondent travelled up by train from the Midlands to Preston on Friday and snow was a major problem until north of Wigan - by the time you reached Preston there was just a light dusting.)

The upshot is over 35 games already postponed in the Football League and Conference - with the prospect of further disruption on Saturday. A further 18 games are subject to morning inspections.

The Premier League and Championship are so far unscathed as undersoil heating, better staffing and equipment give them an edge when beating mother nature. They will all have fingers and legs crossed though when they wake up on Saturday morning.

The SPL, ironically returning to action after a winter break have escaped the worst of the weather. Only four games are off in Scotland as we write on Friday night. These are Cowdenbeath, Brechin, Stranrear and Berwick. Meanwhile, Celtic return to SPL action with a home game against Hearts.

Celtic could hand a debut to Rami Gershon after he joined the club on loan from Standard Liege.

However, the club are still awaiting a work permit for another new signing, Tom Rogic. Anthony Stokes returns to the squad following injury. The Hoops have turned down a bid for striker Gary Hooper

Hearts pair Marius Zaliukas and Ryan Stevenson are suspended.

Scott Robinson is out with the knock picked up against Hibs on 3 January, while fellow midfielder Mehdi Taouil is struggling with a foot injury.


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