TRANENT Juniors' bid to see former Scotland midfielder Ian Black don their colours will see them contact the game's governing body, Fifa.

The club has still not received clearance from the Scottish Football Association (SFA) to play the ex-Rangers and Hearts man, who signed for his hometown club last month. 

That is because Black has already been registered for two teams south of the border during the 2017/18 season and is unable to play for a third team. 

A post on the Tranent Juniors Facebook page confirmed Black's absence may be longer-term than they first feared.

It read: "Unfortunately as yet we have not been granted permission form FIFA for clearance for Ian.

"Unbeknown to us there is a rule that if a player has played for two clubs in one country he can’t sign for another cross Border club."

"The club are speak to SFA and FIFA officials to try and sort something out ASAP."

The statement adds that they are "desperate" to get Black on the pitch, adding: "The club have already started negotiating a deal for the next year with Ian regardless of the outcome for the remainder of this season."

Black will miss tomorrow's East Lothian derby with Musselburgh Athletic at Olive Bank (kick-off 1.45pm).