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
“We do not understand the rationale now offered for rejecting
these proposals and the unwillingness to take the game forward
“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
“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