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SPL restructure again put on backburner

The Scottish Premier League's annual general meeting at Hampden appears to be no nearer agreement on league reconstruction. Representatives of all 12 clubs met on Monday to discuss changes to the league including play offs and promotion.

However, a number of chairmen believe plans for a smaller 10-team top flight will not go ahead.

An SPL steering group first introduced the idea of a top 10 with a new second tier of 10 last year. Kilmarnock chairman Michael Johnston, who has opposed the smaller top flight in the past, doesn't think a 10-team league will go ahead.

"I certainly haven't changed my position and I know that there are a lot of other people around the table who haven't changed their position either," he said.

"I'm not worried about anything that happened today," he added.

The Dunfermline chairman John Yorkston said he doesn't believe reconstruction will be implemented any time soon.

"It was touched upon," he said following his first SPL meeting since the club's promotion from the First Division.

"We're still going to be progressing discussions, but it is too late for anything for this season now."

Proposals for an SPL TV channel and a possible merger with the SFL were also discussed at the Hampden meeting, and will be considered again in future.

"Everybody understands the need for change," Leeann Dempster, the chief executive of Motherwell said.

"I think that will happen but how we get there is no entirely clear yet."

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