Gilmour defends league veto
St Mirren chairman Stewart Gilmour insists he was right to veto
plans to restructure the Scottish leagues.
The Buddies and Ross County voted against the proposals at
Monday’s Scottish Premier League meeting, which would have seen the
current four divisions reduced to three divisions of 12, 12 and 18
A majority of 11-1 of SPL clubs was required for the plans to be
put before the Scottish Football League but the two clubs remained
unconvinced and the plan was scuppered.
Aberdeen chairman Stewart Milne was furious with Gilmour,
accusing him of failing to see the long-term benefits of the
proposals for Scottish football as a whole.
But Gilmour has defended himself, insisting he did not take a
parochial approach when deciding which way to vote.
“Let all of them blast their shotguns,” he said.
“I’m still firmly of the belief, with all my heart and not
letting it rule my head, that what I did at Hampden was the right
thing to do.
“I still want to see elements of the reconstruction proposals –
like a single league body – implemented, but not at any cost.
“First of all I’ll tell the St Mirren supporters later today the
reason for doing what the club did at Hampden.”