Vote on shake-up not to be made yet

Scottish Football League clubs will not hold a vote when they meet next week to discuss the league reconstruction proposals drawn up with the SPL.

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The gathering of all 30 clubs will discuss the plans for a 12-12-18 set-up, including a single league body, but SportTimes understands there are no plans to rubber-stamp or dismiss plans at the meeting next Thursday.

A majority of clubs must vote in favour of the plans for them to be introduced in time for next season, with an 11-1 result required among SPL teams and 22 out of 29 in favour among SFL clubs, as Rangers are only Associate members.

David Longmuir, the SFL chief executive, agreed to present the proposals to his members after talks with the SPL earlier this month.

Details on all aspects of the reconstruction plans have been circulated to the clubs, but they are still some way from being adopted.

St Mirren chairman Stewart Gilmour and his counterpart at Dundee United, Stephen Thompson, have both suggested that they have yet to make a decision either way.

The SPL clubs have only unanimously agreed to consider the 12-12-18 plans themselves, and Rangers have backed a 14-14-14 structure, even though the SFL clubs had agreed to back a 16-10-16 set-up.

Amid the uncertainty, it cannot be taken for granted that reconstruction plans will be agreed in time for next season.

The SFL board has not made a recommendation to its clubs, although the plans would see most of its teams receive higher income.

Leading First Division clubs would, under the 12-12-18 plan, be involved in the Championship play-off with SPL teams next season.

But questions remain about the governance of a new league – likely to be called the Scottish Professional Football League – as well as voting rights for clubs, how decisions will be made, how TV and sponsorship deals would be affected, and who will run the organisation.

Some SFL clubs are thought to be wary of essentially signing up to be part of a re-branded SPL.

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