Old Firm asked to help Scotland's WC qualifying campaign

Scotland boss George Burley may ask Celtic and Rangers to postpone their opening games of next season to assist the national team's chances of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.

Scotland boss George Burley may ask Celtic and Rangers to postpone their opening games of next season to assist the national team's chances of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.

Burley is unhappy at plans by the Scottish Premier League to kick off the new season on 8th August - just four days before a World Cup qualifier in Norway.

Scottish Football Association president George told the Scottish Sun: "I don't know for sure if he will ask the main clubs like Rangers and Celtic to postpone their games.

"But I wouldn't be surprised if that was the next move.

"George wanted the players to have action in plenty of time before the game.

"But he didn't want them to play on the Saturday before when guys could get injured.

"He made a personal request to the SPL yet they didn't have the courtesy to tell him the date had changed before they went to the media."

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