Celtic rue ‘missed opportunity’

Celtic have described Monday’s reconstruction veto as a missed

opportunity for Scottish football.

And Celtic expressed confusion over St Mirren and Ross County’s

change of heart.

Celtic proposed a change in the voting structure for future

league reconstruction to a 9-3 majority instead of the current

11-1, but both Saints and County rejected the compromise at today’s

Scottish Premier League meeting.

A club statement read: “Clearly we are disappointed that today’s

proposals have not been voted through. We believe this is a huge

missed opportunity for the whole of Scottish football.

“We were pleased a number of months ago to have achieved

unanimity across all clubs on the proposals for the way

forward.

“We do not understand the rationale now offered for rejecting

these proposals and the unwillingness to take the game forward

positively.

“It is unfortunate that the vision shown by the vast majority of

clubs is now not shared by all.

“We believe these positive proposals would have fundamentally

enhanced Scottish football for the future.”

Celtic had agreed to give up a significant proportion of their

potential prize money, given they are expected to win the league

for the next few years, to secure the 12-12-18 structure.

They believed the game needed freshening up with chief executive

Peter Lawwell admitting concern at the number of Parkhead

season-ticket holders who have not been turning up this season.

The statement praised SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster for his

efforts and continued: “We understand today’s events are

unfortunate and the implications for the game will generate some

uncertainty. However, Celtic has strong foundations and will look

forward.

“We have enjoyed a tremendous season, we are on the verge of

securing back to back SPL titles and yesterday we ensured our place

in this season’s Scottish Cup final.

“This, at the end of a season where we joined Europe’s elite as

one of the top 16 clubs across the continent.

“While we have not reached agreement on these proposals, our

club is fundamentally in a very healthy position and now we move

on. We thank our fans for their continued support as we move

forward.”