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SPL expansion favoured by clubs

Fri 5th Mar 2010 | Football Governance

It’s been reported that the Scottish Premier League may consider expansion of the leaue from 12 to 16 teams.

Neil Doncaster, chief executive of the SPL, spoke about this possibility during the Manchester Soccerex conference and said it is one of the ideas being considered to build on the league's energy. There has been talk of the SPL expanding to 16 teams and we have been talking to supporters and there does seem to be some desire to freshen things up. That could mean more teams in the SPL, but we have to be open to all ideas. We know the play-offs in the Football League have been a tremendous success and innovations like that can create so much in terms of excitement, interest and revenue so we have to be open to all ideas."

The loss of the Champions League qualification spot 2011/12 season is likely to be a factor according to Doncaster. "The coefficient being as it is, leading to the loss of Champions League representation for one of our teams, will certainly increase the pressure for change. There's no doubt in my mind that we need to look very carefully at where the SPL is going. There are two very big clubs in our mix and in the past they made no secret that they may be open to invitations from elsewhere." He feels that the "Celtic and Rangers, are likely to be there for the foreseeable future. I don't think it has any impact at all on individual selling because that is not allowed under the SPL constitution. Collective selling makes a more level playing field for the game."

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