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Hope for Kearns but no to Marrow

Keith Curle spoke to the press this afternoon answering a wide range of questions on how the club is progressing during the transfer window.

The manager also gave an insight into two players whose future at the club has been questioned. Alex Marrow and Danny Kearns have both spent time away from Brunton Park in recent weeks, but it seems their prospects of returning into the starting eleven under Keith Curle are different.

First he addressed questions over midfielder Danny Kearns who has recently returned to Cumbria after time back home in Ireland to refocus.

But while the door appears to remain open for Kearns to return, it looks increasingly likely that Alex Marrow, one of Graham Kavanagh's big summer signings could soon be on his way out of the club.

Scottish Cup Draw

Kelso and Hawick have been drawn against each other in the quarter finals of the BT Scottish Cup made today.

The match on February 14th will be played at Poynder Park in Kelso with the winners getting a home tie in the semi against either Heriot's or Howe of Fife.

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Recommendations and the reactions

Tighter controls for volunteer marshals, spectators and members of the media at all Motor Sport events in Scotland. Those are some of the recommendations of a safety review group set up by the Scottish Government after the deaths of three people at the Jim Clark Rally in the Borders.

The three spectators died at last year's event near Duns, It's the only closed-road rally in mainland UK. There was also another death at the Highland Snowman rally in 2013.

Ministers say they believe the Jim Clark rally does have a future if the new safety rules are followed.

Lori Carnochan has this report on the recommendations and the reactions.

Sports Minister keen for Jim Clark rally to resume

After the Jim Clark rally incidents last year it fell to the Scottish Government in Holyrood to look set up a review group to look at the safety in Motor Sport rallies.

The group had a wide range of members, including former formula 1 champion Sir Jackie Stewart, and has come up with those recommendations.

The key question for the Borders is whether the Jim Clark rally can continue.

The Scottish government say they set the rules and the final decision is for the Scottish Borders council.

But we spoke to the sports minister earlier and he was optimistic a rally on public roads closed off for the event can take place again.

Borders Council statement on Motor Sport event safety

A spokesperson for the Scottish Borders Council has issued a statement following the recommendations on multi-venue stage rallies.

“We welcome the publication of the final recommendations of the Review Group on Motor Sport Event Safety , however this does not affect Scottish Borders Council’s decision that the Jim Clark Rally cannot take place on closed public roads in May/June 2015.

“Until the ongoing Police Scotland and Health and Safety Executive investigations into the tragic deaths at last year’s event are complete we are unable to commence planning, along with the rally organisers and Police Scotland, for a closed roads event this year.

“The Council supports the event’s return to closed public roads as soon as possible, following the conclusion of all ongoing investigations and the implementation of all necessary safety measures and recommendations published today.”

– A Scottish Borders Council spokesperson
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