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Scottish Premier League clubs pursue plan for two divisions of 12 teams

Mon 3rd Dec 2012 | Club & Country Competitions

Scottish Premier League clubs have unanimously agreed to pursue their plan to expand the top flight to two divisions of 12 teams.

Chief executive Neil Doncaster says the present 12 clubs were united at their meeting at Hampden Park.

They will now propose what they describe as their 24-18 model to the Scottish Football League and Scottish Football Association on Thursday.

The 18 refers to the remaining SFL clubs not included in the top leagues.

No formal vote was expected to be taken by the SPL, but a show of hands was needed to allow Doncaster to progress the plan.

Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson's resignation from the SPL board last week had placed some doubt on the ability of the 12 clubs to produce a consensus.

However, after a three-hour meeting at Hampden, Doncaster emerged to say that agreement had been reached.

The SFL's 30 clubs had previously agreed to support its proposal for leagues of 16, 10 and 16.

However, the SPL has been speaking informally to SFL clubs and sources believe they have the numbers necessary to gather sufficient support.

The SPL would invite clubs to enter the league, determined by their league positions prior to the start of any re-organised season.

It hopes that this would head off criticism from those who might argue that re-organisation is being used as a vehicle to accelerate Rangers' return to the top division.

Posted by: Kev Howland

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