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THE Scottish Premier League have sought to "minimise disruption" to the new season as they prepare to unveil the fixtures this morning for a campaign which will have a lop-sided opening.
DUNDEE United chairman Stephen Thompson insists that there will be no reconstruction of the SPL, with supporters of a 10-team league and others who want a 14-member division refusing to climb down.
Andrew Smith was online today to discuss plans to restructure the Scottish Premier League and other football-related issues.
SUPPORTERS reacted angrily yesterday to league chiefs' refusal to entertain the idea of an expanded top flight which would see clubs play each other just twice a season.
Assuming you are of sound mind you may have questioned FIFA's practices last week when they reappointed Sepp Blatter as head of the most dysfunctional family in the entire world, but give them credit for this much. In restating their trust in Blatter they may have made a decision that many of us abhor - but at least they made a decision.
THE Scottish Football Association's AGM on Tuesday has been billed by the governing body's chief executive Stewart Regan as "the opportunity to approve the most radical changes in the SFA's 138-year history".
DAVID Southern, managing director of Hearts, predicted at the club's agm at Tynecastle yesterday that there would not even be a vote on a ten-team SPL, and that a 14-team option would now be investigated.
STEWART Regan has spent the last few weeks criss-crossing the country in a bid to secure the votes he needs to push through the most radical reform of the Scottish Football Association since its formation 138 years ago.
SCOTTISH Football League chief executive David Longmuir has dismissed the increasingly shambolic moves for Scottish Premier League reconstruction as a needless distraction from the crucial business of ensuring clubs emerge successfully from the current economic difficulties.
THE CHANCE of there ever being a return to a ten-team Scottish Premier League appears to have evaporated entirely after a breakaway meeting of eight clubs held yesterday at Tynecastle Park.
Dissatisfaction at the lack of alternatives to a mooted ten-team league Scottish Premier League has led to a breakaway meeting of SPL clubs to be held this week with a 14-team league firmly on their agenda.
In today's Rumour Mill: Italy star Iaquinta linked with Rangers; 'All systems go' for Whyte's takeover; Inverness join SPL dissenters; plus the rest of the day's football news and gossip.
The SPL's plans for a ten-team Scottish top flight appear to be doomed after Inverness Caledonian Thistle last night publicly came out in support of Dundee United in opposition to a streamlined top tier.
In today's Rumour Mill: Rangers takeover nears completion; Lennon belief in players' mental strength; McGregor 'offered six-year deal' after another impressive display; plus the rest of the day's football news and gossip.
Oscar Wilde's famous critique of Dickens's The Old Curiosity Shop - "One must have a heart of stone to read the death of Little Nell without dissolving into tears - of laughter" - could equally be applied to reports of the latest intentions of the Scottish Premier League.
In today's Rumour Mill: Smith expects Rangers stars to stay put; Celtic run the rule over Italian giant; Whyte takeover hits a major snag; plus all the rest of the day's football news and gossip.
THE Scottish Premier League will reportedly investigate the prospect of a British League Cup competition if the plans for a major shake-up of the game are ratified.
THE prospect of a return to a ten-team top flight in Scottish football appeared as distant as ever last night when the latest meeting of the SPL clubs at Hampden failed to reach agreement over the controversial proposal.