Raith to quit SFL if reform talks fail

Raith chairman Turnbull Hutton
Raith chairman Turnbull Hutton
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RAITH Rovers are prepared to quit the Scottish Football League if lower division sides fail to back league reconstruction proposals.

All 30 SFL clubs are due to meet at Hampden today (Thursday) for the association’s annual AGM, where first division clubs, including Rovers, are expected to push for an indicative vote on league reform.

Should first division clubs fail to gain the support they need for the current proposals, then they intend to revive breakaway plans, and submit a formal application to form a second tier under the umbrella of the Scottish Premier League.

Raith chairman Turnbull Hutton told the Press: “I think there will be change for next season - one way or another.

“If an indicative vote at Thursday’s meeting goes in favour of the proposed league reconstruction, then fine.

“If it goes against, then the issue of a breakaway will raise its head again.’’

The reform proposals put forward by the SPL would see the current 12-10-10-10 league structure retained, but under a single merged league body.

First Division clubs stand to benefit financially from the changes, while promotion play-offs between the top two tiers would also be introduced.

Hutton added: “The first division and SPL clubs are both keen on these changes being in place for next season.

“The danger is that instead of a 42 club solution, we’ll have 20 lower league clubs left high and dry.”