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

teams.

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.”