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Scottish football has missed out says Dundee United chairman Thompson

Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson is of the belief that Scottish football has missed a great opportunity after the proposed 12-12-18 system was rejected.

St Mirren and Ross Country voted against the new league formation yesterday and Arabs chief Thompson feels they have made the wrong choice after the other 10 Scottish Premier League clubs voted affirmatively.

Thompson indicated that a move such as this would not be able to occur in Scottish football for a while which may negatively affect the game.

"Today saw Scottish Football miss a massive opportunity to move the game forward," said Thompson.

"I have stated publicly before that the proposals that were presented were not perfect, but that there were enough positive changes in the package for the overall good of the game.

"It has taken years for clubs to agree a way forward and many individuals and groups have given up a considerable amount of their own time to bring the proposals forward.

"In doing so, they gained the support of the vast majority of SPL clubs and most of the Division One clubs. Indeed, approximately 90% of full time clubs in Scotland supported the proposals.

"Despite all of this, two clubs today decided to vote in a certain way and my belief now is that it will be many years before other proposals backed by so many will reach the table again.

"There are no other proposals on the table and none are likely in the near future."

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