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
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