Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Scottish Premier League kick-off is still up for discussion

The Scottish Premier League will hold further talks with the Scottish Football Association before deciding whether to postpone the start of next season.

Wednesday's SPL board meeting included discussions over putting back the kick-off of the 2009-10 Scottish Premier League campaign to August 15.

Scotland boss George Burley has pleaded for the season to start a week later than planned to help him prepare for the August 12 World Cup qualifier in Norway.

The SPL were expected to reach a decision on the matter yesterday, but have deferred judgement by 24 hours to allow secretary Iain Blair to meet with SFA chief executive Gordon Smith.

After emerging from yesterday's monthly meeting at Hampden, Blair said: "I will meet with Gordon Smith this afternoon and then report back to the SPL board in the morning."

Smith emerged from his meeting with Blair to reveal he had put a proposal forward, understood, but not confirmed, to be the re-arrangement of a Scottish Cup weekend.

He said: "We have had a very constructive meeting with Iain Blair and we have put a proposal to the SPL regarding this matter and he will take it to his board and have discussions and we should have an answer within the next 24 hours.

"I can't tell you about the proposal. I think it's only fair that the member clubs should know about it first."

Asked if he was confident of a positive outcome, Smith said: "You can never say confident, but we had a very good meeting.

"Iain Blair seemed to think it was a good compromise, but it is down to the board members."