Let me set out my position straight from the start. Any form of league construction will hardly have any impact on Celtic if any. The same could also be said for Aberdeen, Dundee Utd, Hearts and Hibernian as over the piece these clubs are mostly with the exception of a couple of seasons always present at the top end of the game. In fact most SPL clubs are insulated to different degrees from league reconstruction. So today’s vote was not really about SPL clubs apart from the fact that they were prepared to give up a decent amount of prize money which would benefit clubs in the SFL.
12-12 18 with all it’s splits etc did have it’s problems but it was at least a start, a launching platform for future refinement of our game. As I have already mentioned it would have also provided some financial stability for a decent amount of SFL sides. So for all it’s faults I personally felt that it was worth trying out.
So the proposition put in front of 12 SPL clubs at Hampden today failed with Ross County and St Mirren voting against it. This was a direct result of the farcical 11-1 voting system. Surely in any business a 8 to 4 voting ratio is more democratic than 11 to 1 ? With 8 – 4 you still end up with a firm majority which allows for good thorough debate. However it’s Scottish Football we are talking about here.
At the time of writing this all I know is that 2 clubs voted against the proposition but one in particular have been hammered not least by Stewart Milne. The Aberdeen chairman has stated that St Mirren could give no viable reason for voting against the proposition. I might be wrong but to me that stinks to high heaven of some form of collusion with Charles Green’s Sevco.
Sevco never wanted league reconstruction as it would have damaged their flawed business plan even further as it would curtail any season ticket price increase that would be required to keep that sinking ship afloat. Was Gilmore offered any incentive or inducement to scupper reconstruction ? I would hope not but it will all come out in the wash.
Like many of you reading this I myself do not find myself surprised that the reconstruction was scuppered. However I never expected it to be scuppered by the SPL. It was clear weeks ago that Sevco friend David Longmuir was muddying the waters with his calls for Colt teams in the SFL. Now many have rightly said that ‘Colt teams’ were part of the suggestions in the McLeish report but I find the timing of Mr Longmuir’s intervention was at the very strange indeed.
The big question are.
- Why does it seem that some in the Scottish game are prepared to do anything to protect and advance the cause of one club ?
- Why does it appear that some club representatives seem eager to damage their own clubs in order for Sevco to prosper ?
- Is there a ‘lodge’ mentality at the heart of our game ?
- Will there be an SPL 2 conjured up?
- Will Sevco be invited
- Am I just a stupid paranoid Tim that should shut up moaning and ‘move on’ ?
Whatever the answers I smell a rat.
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