Las' change reaction is a positive one

MOTHERWELL skipper Keith Lasley has thrown his weight behind the move for a change in Scottish football.

Loading Comments
Share
Print
Keith Lasley would like to see Scottish football governed by one body
Keith Lasley would like to see Scottish football governed by one body

Controversy erupted over the direction of the domestic game in recent days with game bosses hoping to push through a 12-12-18 league split they believe would be far more attractive to sponsors and TV companies.

That would see the top two divisions splitting into three leagues of eight after 22 games to create, allegedly, more meaningful games.

However, the proposals have been met with the ire of Rangers chief executive Charles Green, who is in favour of a 14-team top division.

But while Motherwell captain Lasley has his reservations from a playing point of view over a 12-team top tier, he has no doubt that the other mooted changes including one governing body and an increased share of the financial pot for the smaller clubs are hugely positive moves.

The 33-year-old said: "From a playing point of view I would say that anything that means we are not playing the same teams four times a term would be a huge plus.

"On the surface, the idea of the new proposed top tier splitting into three leagues of eight, with the second tier after 22 games, is a little bit complex.

"I know the motive is to create more meaningful games but I think perhaps that could be done with a 14-team top league.

"That would also help get away from the whole familiarity and staleness of a lot of the games at present.

"Clearly though there a lot of facets to the whole aspect of a new league set-up that have to be taken into consideration, not least the TV companies, sponsors and of course most importantly the fans.

"It is certainly tough to come up with something that will please everyone.

"But while I have some reservations about the league set-up, I think the other suggestions to move to one governing body and a greater share of money for the smaller clubs is a massive step forward.

"But of one thing there is no doubt, and that is that Scottish football needs change and that there must be a better league structure available at the top level than the one we are operating in now."

Turning his attention to Sunday's visit of St Johnstone, Las is relishing the prospect of Well being able to go clear in second at the weekend.

The Fir Park favourite said: "There is no doubt about it that St Johnstone are going to be in there competing for a European place again this term along with the likes of Dundee United, Aberdeen, Hibernian and of course Inverness.

"So if we are going to have any aspiration of repeating our run last season and maybe going one better and finishing second, then we must make the most of home advantage when we meet any of these sides at our place.

"Of late our home form has been good and I think we are now five games unbeaten at Fir Park which is an improvement on earlier in the season.

"With Inverness hosting Aberdeen on Saturday we will know if we can go second on our own by the time we take the field on Sunday. That is a big plus.

"But it is all going to be about consistency over the next couple of months to the split.

"We have put ourselves in a good position and we play all of the sides we are competing against for European football during that spell so it is all to play for."

Hobbies and general interest

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on Evening Times on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis. If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.

112780

Have you got a story?

Contact the news desk on 0141 302 6520 or email news@eveningtimes.co.uk
            Michelle McManus            
                       

Michelle McManus

                       

Sussed in the City

                       

What Robert De Niro and my mum have in common

           
Free swim at a Glasgow Club pool for every reader - Click here

Entertainment

Lifestyle

Wedding
Janice Bell

Janice Bell

You couldn’t make up half the stuff that happens to PA Janice Bell- some of the jams she gets herself into are worth a story or two.

                Games news:                
                               

Putting the world to rights

                               

Gail's Gab

                               

Embrace the sun but be careful

               
Cat’s Eyes on Glasgow

Cat’s Eyes on Glasgow

Cat Cubie’s job is to find and share with you the fabulous things the city has to offer, from gigs to gastro.