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SPFL Bows To Pressure, Switches Hearts Vs. Rangers Match To May 2

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 04 / 17 / 15

Scottish Professional Football League chiefs "have been forced into making a U-turn" -- putting Scottish Championship side Rangers’ clash with Heart of Midlothian back to the Saturday, according to the Scotland DAILY RECORD. League chiefs caused outcry Wednesday when they brought the fixtur...

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