SPL sets reconstruction vote date
Scottish Premier League clubs will vote on a reconstruction package on April 15 with a view to it being implemented by the start of next season, the league has confirmed.
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The 12 top-flight clubs met at Hampden on Monday to discuss the new rule book for the proposed three leagues of 12-12-18, which would split into 8-8-8-18 after 22 games.
It will take an 11-1 vote to pass the motion, which will also have to be approved by the Scottish Football League, who have yet to set a date for their vote.
Dundee United chairman and SPL board member Stephen Thompson, said: "Everything is positive and moving forward. There is a process in place and we will take it from there."
Asked if he thought reconstruction would be in place for the start of next season, he replied: "That's the plan."
St Mirren chairman Stewart Gilmour was more cautious as he left Hampden earlier in the day.
He said: "We had a good discussion. There was good dialogue and difference of opinion but a long way to go.
"I don't know what will happen. The SFL clubs are still to meet and until they come back...
"There is a lot of tidying up to be done.
"The biggest thing is, once the SFL clubs meet, I'm sure they all have their own opinions as well so there is a long way to go.
"If you make a decision to change, it is best to happen right away but whether we get to that in time, I don't know."
Ross County chairman Roy MacGregor admitted he was concerned with the practicalities of the split.
He said: "There is a lot of debate to go on yet and we will see how that goes.
"My concerns are for the fans. About 80 to 85 per cent of what is there I really believe in; one league body, redistribution (of money), more competitiveness, but I do feel for the fans who are asked to buy a 22-match season-ticket.
"That it is short-changing them and I believe that long-term, if that resolution is not sorted, it could be the end of people buying season tickets.
"The fan is the most important person, not the clubs, not anything else and I do believe that considering what the fans are getting is really important.
"But it is good, healthy debate. I must stress that and everyone in that room is very positive to get a resolution, so it goes ahead quite possibly."