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NO GO FOR 14-TEAM TOP FLIGHT

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PROPOSALS for a 14-team Premiership are on the brink of collapse.

The SPFL bosses have asked clubs to give an indicative vote by Monday before going towards an official ballot on league reconstruction.

A top-flight of two extra clubs would, of course, save Hearts, who completed the prematurely-ended campaign four points adrift of Hamilton Accies, from relegation.

However, according to a report in the Daily Record, Ross County and several other Championship clubs are firmly against bringing in a new set-up with the fixture list due out in just 10 days’ time.

The plan needs 11 out of 12 Premiership clubs on board and 75 per cent of the top two divisions and 32 of the 42 clubs overall to go through.

There is obvious opposition to the 14-10-10-10 structure with alleged proposals indicating the top flight would split after two rounds of fixtures – 26 games – and then the top half and bottom half would play each other home and away again.

This would create a 36-game season for the top six and give the bottom eight 38 matches.

There are fears any restructure could lead to far too many meaningless games spread through the divisions in the second half of the season.

SPFL sides have already voted down a temporary move to a bigger top flight and the Rangers proposal for a 14-10-18 set-up, including Celtic and Gers Colts, was also dismissed by several lower league clubs.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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