TIME RUNNING OUT FOR REVAMP; EXCLUSIVE LONGMUIR WARNS TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR REVAMP Longmuir's Warning to Warring Clubs LONGMUIR WARNS TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR REVAMP

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TIME RUNNING OUT FOR REVAMP; EXCLUSIVE LONGMUIR WARNS TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR REVAMP Longmuir's Warning to Warring Clubs LONGMUIR WARNS TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR REVAMP


Byline: Keith Jackson

DAVID LONGMUIR last night admitted plans to reconstruct Scottish football in time for next season are in danger of falling apart.

And the SFL chief executive angrily denied accusations he's only looking out for Rangers.

Longmuir was stung by criticism yesterday, both from some of his member clubs and also a wider backlash on social media, after asking clubs to back an 11th-hour rehash of a plan to place Old Firm colt teams in the lower leagues.

Longmuir believes the proposal, which would see two leagues of 10 rather than the creation of a single bottom tier of 18, is for the long-term benefit of the Scottish game. And Turn to Page 74

From Back Page he wants the best young talents from Celtic and Rangers to help attract bigger crowds to smaller grounds around the country, while developing their skills in a competitive environment.

But it has been claimed the proposal is designed to ensure Rangers do not remain in the bottom league, despite running away with this season's Third Division title. Last night Longmuir conceded there may be no reconstruction agreement reached in time for next season in any case, such is the extent of the misgivings over what is on the table.

And in an exclusive interview with Record Sport he refuted any suggestion he is acting in the interests of any one club.

He said: "I'm doing my best to deliver what I can for my clubs and help the Scottish game in general with reconstruction and the change of management process. Anything being said on Twitter or social media does not concern me.

"It's my job to act in the best interests of 30 clubs - not one - and that's why I go out and try to generate investment into this league. I'm trying to look after 30 clubs and also see how we can combine with the top 12 for the good of the game in Scotland. …

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