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Celtic 'disrespected' after clubs exclude Old Firm from 14-team league meeting

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell has admitted his club, as well as fellow Glaswegians Rangers, felt disrespected after being excluded from a 10-club meeting last night.

The rest of the Scottish Premier League got together to try and take the game back from the Old Firm as they look to devise a scheme to bring in 14 teams into the top flight.

Lawwell suggested it is a 'divisive' effort by the remainder of the league to try and oust the top two clubs but he did admit he would back a 14-team league if it did come to that.

"We are disappointed that the meeting of the ten clubs took place without us," he said last night.

"We feel that it is disrespectful we were excluded. We are not against protecting the lower clubs.

"But we think that the resolution is divisive and that is the last thing any Scottish football supporter would want at this particular time."

He added: "We are not rigid. We are not fixed on a ten-team league, a 12-team league or a 14-team league.

"In fact, we can see ourselves voting for 14 with six at the top and eight at the bottom.

"We could vote for 14 if that helps the clubs that have great concerns about relegation."

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