16 Apr 2013

Plans to restructure Scottish football takes a blow

11:32 am on 16 April 2013

Plans to restructure Scottish football have been dealt a hammer blow with the St Mirren and Ross County clubs vetoing the proposals.

The plans would have led to the Scottish Premier League and Scottish Football League merging to form three leagues with a 12-12-18 structure.

The most controversial aspect of the scheme was for the top two leagues to split into three after 22 games in a bid to generate extra revenue, which would have been split more equitably with first division clubs.

But the idea needed an 11-1 majority from a vote of Scottish Premier League clubs before being put to the Scottish Football League.

St Mirren confirmed last week that they were going to vote against the deal, which was agreed in principle in January, and the Scottish Football Association later said Ross County's decision to follow suit had scuppered the plan.