Ex-Blades chief left bewildered by lack of official Scottish vote

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RANGERS chief executive Charles Green has questioned why Scottish Premier League clubs did not vote on reconstruction plans despite reaching a consensus.

SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster revealed clubs had given their “unanimous backing” to plans for a 12-12-18 structure that would see the body merge with the Scottish Football League, but no formal vote was held.

SFL clubs meet on Thursday to discuss the plans, which would also see an extended play-off system between the top two flights, a pyramid structure and fairer distribution of wealth. Rangers do not get a vote though as they joined the SFL as associate members in the summer, with a 75% majority needed to approve the proposals.

Ex-Sheffield United chief executive Green said: “Because of Rangers’ position I can do little more than watch this scramble to reconstruct Scottish football with interest, and also bewilderment.

“I have to wait until more detail of today’s meetings at Hampden emerges but I must say I fail to understand why the SPL didn’t move to a vote on their 12-12-18 structure.

“After all, SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster is telling everyone agreement was unanimous.

“So why the delay? Might it have been too big a risk to put the format to a vote today?”

“The SFL clubs meet on Thursday and there has to be the concern that if they don’t vote or arrive at any concrete solution then Scottish football could be back in the same situation which caused so much trauma last summer,” he added.