MacGregor: Club has to come first

Catania have confirmed they have signed Argentine striker

Sebastian Leto, who had been a free agent since January after

playing for Panathinaikos.

Details of the 26-year-old’s contract, including its length,

have not been released.

“Catania can confirm reaching an economic agreement for the next

few seasons with the striker Sebastian Eduardo Leto,” said a

statement on the club’s website.

The former Liverpool striker joined Panathinaikos in 2009 after

previously being on loan at their arch-rivals Olympiakos.

However, his career in Athens stalled after a serious knee

injury suffered in January last year.

Catania are safely in mid-table heading into the final weeks of

the Serie A season.

Ross County and St Mirren opted against backing proposals to

revamp the game north of the border at a meeting of Scottish

Premier League clubs yesterday.

A majority of 11-1 was required to take the issue to the

Scottish Football League.

The outcome of the Hampden summit was met by anger and

disappointment from other clubs, with McGregor admitting he had a

tough call to make.

“It’s a two-pronged thing,” he said. “You are put onto the board

as a representative of your club but you’re also a representative

of the league system.

“I’m as sad as anyone with the result because I have another 11

chairmen who are my colleagues and I have to take a look at both

the league structure and the club structure.

“If the shareholders, my fans, my staff and directors vote that

this was something they didn’t want for the club, it would have

been absolute suicide to vote against that, no matter how I


“Yes, there is a bigger picture but if your supporters don’t

trust you, and they don’t see fairness in how they’re trusted, why

are you there as a football club?”

The plans included a merger of the SPL and the SFL into a

12-12-18 structure, with the top two divisions splitting into three

sections of eight after 22 games.

The package also included extended play-offs and money spread

from the top flight to the second tier.

MacGregor added: “I have every sympathy, particularly, for the

First Division clubs, where the redistribution was going to offer

them some more money.

“But, on the other hand, this is a fans’ game and if the fans

can’t understand what they are buying into at the start of the

season, and there is no clarity there, I think you’re doing the

game a disservice and fans a disservice.

“It was a bridge that was too big for Ross County to cross.”