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Hearts interim manager Stevie Frail is to leave Tynecastle and will be replaced by a new boss as Hearts plan ahead for next season.

Frail was unavailable for comment on Wednesday, but BBC Sport can reveal that he is aware that a new managerial team is to be brought in.

Hearts, who finished the season in a disappointing eighth place, appointed Frail caretaker boss in January.

He had previously been in joint charge along with Anatoly Korobochka.

That followed the departure of first-team coach Valdas Ivanauskas in March 2007.

Mark McGhee has been widely tipped to take over at Hearts after leading Motherwell to third place in his first season at Fir Park.

But Well chairman John Boyle has said that he has had no approach from Hearts for his manager's services.

"I had dinner with Mark the other night and, if he's leaving, he never mentioned it to me," said Boyle.

"Hearts have made no approach and I'm pretty confident of keeping Mark for next season."

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Figures from the footballing world joined thousands of fans to bid farewell to Celtic legend Tommy Burns at his funeral in Glasgow.

Manager Gordon Strachan and the entire Celtic first team squad attended the service at St Mary's Church in the Calton area where Burns grew up.

Hundreds gathered outside the church and thousands more listened to the two-hour requiem mass at Celtic Park.

The funeral cortege stopped at the ground on its journey to Linn Cemetery.

Tommy Burns died from cancer on Thursday aged 51.

His coffin was carried into St Mary's by former Celtic team-mates Danny McGrain, Peter Grant, Pat Bonner and George McCluskey.

Rangers manager Walter Smith and his assistant Ally McCoist, who were part of the Scotland international coaching set-up with Burns, were also among the pall-bearers.

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has also attended the funeral.

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Steven Naismith is expected to be out of action for 12 months after having an operation to repair the damaged cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Team-mate Chris Burke is facing between four and six months out to recover from an ankle surgery.

Both players were injured during Rangers' Scottish Cup semi-final against St Johnstone last month.

The medical team performing the operations say they are pleased with how the procedures went.

Naismith was injured in the first half of Rangers' penalty shoot-out win over St Johnstone after opposition midfielder Martin Hardie landed heavily on the striker's knee.

He followed Burke, who was substituted after only seven minutes when he was caught on the right ankle by Kevin Rutkiewicz.

However, at the end of April, Rangers announced that the winger was nearing full fitness and was close to a return to the first-team squad.

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ARTUR BORUC last night insisted Celtic's unshakeable belief has driven them towards an unlikely three-in-a-row.

The Polish keeper and his colleagues stand on the brink of a staggering championship fightback tomorrow night as they aim to seal a hat-trick of flag triumphs.

Celtic go to the City of Discovery to face Dundee United at Tannadice knowing a win should be enough to secure the title in dramatic fashion.

With a game to go in a rolle rcoaster season Gordon Strachan's men lead Rangers by four goals, the Old Firm on the identical 86-point mark with a record of 27 wins, five draws and five defeats.

For Celtic, the opportunity to seal it on Tayside has come around in sensational circumstances. At the start of April, Strachan's team lost to Motherwell and sat seven points behind Walter Smith's men having played one game more.

Themajority of the Celtic fans had given up at that stage but six priceless wins have thrust them back into the mix.

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