Meaningless title race a price worth paying for Montrose

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Montrose chairman Derek Sim believes his outspoken Rangers counterpart Charles Green was correct to suggest reconstruction plans would render the Third Division title race “meaningless”.

However, the Links Park supremo says that is a burden his club may be willing to bear for the good of Scottish football.

Should the 12-12-18 proposals be given the green light ahead of the 2013-14 campaign, there would be no promotion from the Third Division this term. Instead it would be enveloped by an expanded third tier next season.

That drew the ire of Green, with his runaway leaders currently leading the division by 17 points, and Sim understands those grievances. He said: “If the changes were to be implemented for next season, any club 
currently challenging for the play-off promotion places would, to all intents and purposes, see their season rendered meaningless.

“The clubs in the play-off spots will be disappointed but, whether it happens this season or next, there would be games rendered meaningless, then we move on.

“At Montrose, we have made significant strides this season and it would be a shame for the players and the fans if we were denied the chance to fight for the prestige of a promotion.

“However, if these changes are for the good of Scottish football, then these are things we will have to endure.”

If the plan was fast-tracked for next term, Sim does acknowledge the financial benefit of further meetings with Rangers. He added: “If 12-12-18 does go through we would have games against Rangers and gain local derbies against Arbroath, Forfar and Brechin, assuming none of those sides go up.”

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