Highland League "disappointed and frustrated" with end to SPFL reconstruction talks

Brora Rangers will remain in the Highland League

Brora Rangers will remain in the Highland League

Rangers had joined with Hearts and Stranraer to force an EGM on the back of a controversial vote which ended the lower-league season, with standings decided on points-per-game, and handed the SPFL board the power to do likewise for the Premiership. Rangers' resolution, unsurprisingly, did not generate the needed 75% cross-division quota of SPFL members at an extraordinary general meeting called following weeks of ill-feeling.

A management culture which not only fears accountability and scrutiny, but which actively campaigns against it, is unhealthy and breeds continued mistrust.

Most clubs have preferred to concentrate on the economic crisis facing Scottish football.

"We sincerely hope that the SPFL once again show respect and commitment to the SFA football pyramid like we and all the member clubs have at tiers five and below".

The status quo can not hold.

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The motion required the support of 32 clubs to trigger an investigation but only 13 voted "Yes", as two clubs abstained and 27 voted against.

A light has been shone on the SPFL's governance and regardless of the attempts to debunk our report, there is widespread acknowledgment that it highlighted serious issues and failings which remain to be addressed.

Rangers had called for the suspension of SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster and accused the organisation of trying to bully and coerce clubs into voting for the resolution. Ann Budge, the Hearts owner, insisted the governance model in Scottish football is not fit for objective. Far too many words have been spoken and written which have sown anger and division amongst clubs.

"It is a matter of great regret that the SPFL has chosen to turn away from that".

"Whilst the group sympathises with the plight of the situation the relegated teams are faced with, it concluded that this is not the right time to consider immediate reconstruction in the midst of a crisis".

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