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SPL title race

SPL title race

SPL's ten-team plan runs risk of alienating lifeblood of game

THE 12 SPL chairmen who convene at Hampden Park on Monday carry the future of Scottish football in their hands.

Doncaster stresses need for consensus before clubs vote

Scottish Premier League chief executive Neil Doncaster has said a vote will only be taken on reconstruction once consensus has been reached over the radical proposals.

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Ten votes enough to change SPL

NEIL DONCASTER today confirmed that ten votes will be enough to see the introduction of a ten-team SPL.

Buddies and Steelmen add to SPL doubts

Plans to reform the structure of the Scottish Premier League look certain to be delayed with at least half of the clubs undecided at best over a ten-team top flight.

Killie and Caley latest to speak out over SPL plans

KILMARNOCK and Inverness Caledonian Thistle are the latest clubs to voice their opposition to the Scottish Premier League's plans for a new ten-team top flight.

SFL keep eye on proposed SPL reform

Scottish Football League chief executive David Longmuir is looking for more details on the probable implementation of a two-tier Scottish Premier League which would have ramifications for his organisation.

SPL clubs gather to discuss reform for Scottish football

Scottish Premier League clubs will meet today to discuss plans for wide-ranging reform of Scottish football.

SPL fix new dates for 17 postponed matches

The Scottish Premier League has rearranged 17 matches that fell victim to the recent cold snap but several may have to be rescheduled further.

Keep open mind on SPL change, says Hearts boss

Hearts boss Jim Jefferies is urging the rest of the SPL not to dismiss "radical change", insisting clubs outside the Old Firm can't be blamed for wanting to improve their chances of winning the title.

Hearts back playoff idea for SPL title

HEARTS officials today declared their support for a restructuring of Scottish football incorporating play-offs for the SPL title between the league's top four teams.

Smith says he's here to stay and eyes Champions League

RANGERS manager Walter Smith remains fully committed to leading the Ibrox side into the Champions League following the clinching of the first title of his second spell as manager. Smith could not have seen things go more to plan on Tayside as he watched his team brush Dundee United aside with what skipper Davie Weir considered was Rangers' finest performance of the season.

Strachan admits 'not good enough' Celtic were not up to championship challenge

HISTORY eluded Gordon Strachan yesterday, his hopes of becoming the first Celtic manager since Jock Stein to win four successive championships evaporating on an anti-climactic afternoon in the east end of Glasgow.

Win or lose, Strachan content with a job well done

IRRESPECTIVE of how the dust finally settles on his fourth tilt at the SPL title tomorrow, Gordon Strachan will be content in his own mind that he has delivered to Celtic exactly what was expected of him.

Injury woes mount at 'threadbare' Rangers as fringe men get chance

NORMALLY the query "any injuries?" is the necessary pre-amble before a press briefing can begin in earnest, the casually-tossed 'softie' which prepares the way for a discussion about more thorny issues. Given the current situation at Rangers, however, this is the thorny issue – together with the other obvious one.

Celtic come up with a little extra to end 20-year Hampden wait

CELTIC laid a 20-year-old hoodoo to rest yesterday as they won an Old Firm final at Hampden for the first time since 1989 with a 2-0 extra-time victory which saw them deservedly take possession of the Co-operative Insurance Cup for the 14th time in their history.

McDonald shrugs off praise for Celtic glory

SCOTT McDonald will not accept all the credit for shooting Celtic back top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

Nakamura: Celtic can't afford slip-ups

SHUNSUKE Nakamura has warned Celtic there is no more room for error in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League title race.

Tevez rejects Madrid to stay at United

CARLOS Tevez rejected overtures from Real Madrid this summer because he was happy to commit his future to Manchester United.

Raith Rovers 1-2 Rangers: Cuellar blow as Gers limp to tepid win

Raith Rovers 1 Smith 29 Rangers 2 Novo 70, Cousin 78

Motherwell 4-0 Bradford: McGhee's men tear Bradford apart in first-half rout

Motherwell 4 Clarkson 1; Porter, pen; Smith 31; Malcolm 40 Bradford 0

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