Prem big guns eye Norwegian ace

Falkirk’s chairman is afraid the Scottish Premier League’s ‘no’

vote on reform means Scottish football will never get the change it

needs.

Opposition from St Mirren and Ross County at Monday’s Hampden

Park meeting left the SPL without the 11-1 majority required to

pass proposals including a merger with the Scottish Football League

and a new 12-12-18 league structure.

The result means SFL clubs, including First Division Falkirk,

will not even get to vote on the plans.

Chairman Martin Ritchie said: “I am now concerned that there

will never be a proposal that can gain approval of 11 SPL clubs and

23 SFL clubs.

“It looks like a stalemate where the game will stagnate in its

current form until someone breaks the deadlock.

“Perhaps it is already time for the Scottish Football

Association, as the governing body for football in Scotland, to

step in and take control.”

An official club statement read: “The board at Falkirk FC is

very disappointed at the outcome of the SPL meeting on Monday.

“We had hoped that the package of proposals would have started a

process of change in Scottish football.

“The First Division clubs now need to take stock of the

situation and wait to see what emerges from the SPL and the SFL

over the next few days.”

SK Brann starlet Finne is regarded as one of the best young

prospects to emerge from Scandinavia in recent years.

The 18-year-old burst onto the scene last season with Brann,

scoring four goals in nine appearances for the Norwegian side.

Finne is also a regular in the Norway youth sides and is tipped

for a call-up to the senior squad in the near future.

The exciting forward’s performances have not gone unnoticed,

with clubs across Europe keeping tabs on his progress.

All the Premier League’s top guns, including Manchester United,

Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal are all thought to

have watched Finne in action over the last year.

Clubs from Germany, Italy and France are also thought to be

keeping a watching brief on Finne as Brann face a fight to keep

hold of their prize asset.

Finne’s current contract expires in December, but Brann are

bracing themselves for bids for the player this summer when his

suitors would only have to pay a minimal compensation fee for his

services.