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Wednesday, 09 January 2013 18:00

A Missed Opportunity

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CHARLES GREEN believes the Scottish football authorities have completely blown the opportunity to revitalise the game in this country with the convoluted 12-12-18 system which is set to kick in next season.

Following a model adopted by the Swiss in 1988 and then discarded in 2003, the two 12s – the Premier League and the Championship - will play two rounds of fixtures and then split into three eights with a further two rounds of fixtures.

The top eight will keep their points and play for the title and European places, the middle eight will start from zero and play for the remaining four Premier League places, while the bottom eight will fight to avoid relegation to the 18-team National League.

Green told RangersTV: “It’s hardly revolution. As far as I’m aware the current top flight is 12 teams and it’s remaining that way, the second league is currently 10 and it’s going up to 12 and everybody else gets bundled into a third league of 18.

“If that’s what we have sat around for in the last years and this is what we have come up with then it’s a sorry state.

“A year ago we were being told, that we had to listen to the fans and Rangers were put into the Third Division – and quite rightly and we accepted that.

“This year we don’t listen to the fans and go off and come up with a plan,

“From what I have seen and read and when I speak with supporters of all clubs, most want a bigger league.

“We have clubs who are watched by 300 or 400 and I understand that they want to be part of this thing but they should be in a different league – like The Conference in England.

“What should be done is a radical look at Scottish football rather than tinkering around the edges.

“There is very little we can do about it. Judging from the comments of Stewart Regan and Neil Doncaster the process has the backing of the 12 SPL clubs.

“The distribution of cash is better and that was something I raised when I attended meetings with the SPL last year. I felt Rangers and Celtic had a stranglehold of the money and I told Peter Lawwell that to his face.

“So with that in mind it’s impossible for a Football League club director to vote against it. For example if in the current model his club gets £50,000 and in the proposed one it will rise to £300,000 then why wouldn’t he vote for it?

“That’s why we now have a situation where the power of the 12 SPL clubs voting together is a strong argument and I understand the financial pressure on the Football League clubs to vote for it because it will keep them alive, but it doesn’t make it right.”


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