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Doubts surface on Gretna future
Gretna caretaker manager Mick Wadsworth
Wadsworth admits the club are facing an uncertain future
Caretaker manager Mick Wadsworth admits Gretna face a battle for survival after the 3-0 loss to Dundee United.

Just 501 spectators - a record SPL low - turned up at Fir Park to watch the bottom club slip to yet another defeat.

"There's a lot of difficulty at the moment. We have got some very important meetings tomorrow," said Wadsworth.

"The finances and the survival of the club is on everyone's minds and that takes precedence. We are on a sticky wicket, put it that way."

Gretna have picked up just 16 points from 28 games in their first season in the top flight.

Although the players have been paid following a delay last month, no money is forthcoming from ill owner Brooks Mileson, who was discharged from hospital last month after being hit with a brain infection.

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Dundee United closed the gap on third-placed Motherwell at the top of the SPL with a fine win over Gretna.

Garry Kenneth nodded United in front from a corner in the 15th minute, amid the first goalmouth action of the game.

David Robertson and Noel Hunt squandered chances to make it two before the break as Gretna struggled.

Morgaro Gomis struck on 51 minutes and then David Robertson beat the offside trap to stroke home a third goal as United ran out easy winners.

The opening stages held little to excite the small crowd, who were all housed in the main stand at Fir Park.

But Kenneth headed United into the lead amid a goalmouth scramble after the first corner of match in the 15th minute.

Christian Kalvenes' connected with Jim O'Brien's inswinger but his header came back off the bar.

Gretna keeper Greg Fleming spilled the rebound and Kenneth was there to nod home from close range.

The lacklustre hosts won their first corner midway through the half.

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Scotland have been invited to play Iran in a friendly in Tehran in the summer, the Scottish FA has confirmed.

If the game goes ahead, George Burley's side will play Iran on 28 May - the week after the Scottish Cup final is played at Hampden.

The SFA is considering the offer and is consulting the Foreign Office about the safety issues surrounding the trip.

The invitation will trigger memories of the sides' only meeting when they drew 1-1 at the 1978 World Cup in Argentina.

World football's governing body Fifa officially lifted its ban on Iran playing international football in December 2006.

Fifa originally suspended Iran because of excessive government interference.

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