REVEALED: Dundee’s plan to scupper promotion of fierce city rivals Dundee United in vote to cancel the season from second tier down
- Dundee could move to torpedo promotion hopes of city rivals Dundee United
- Clubs will vote by 5pm Friday on a proposal by the league board to call the Championship, League One and League Two campaigns based on current tables
- If passed Celtic then could be crowned Premiership champions later this month
Dundee could move to torpedo the promotion hopes of city rivals Dundee United as part of an alternative plan to end the SPFL season.
Clubs will vote by 5pm Friday on a proposal by the league board to call the Championship, League One and League Two campaigns based on current standings and pay prize money to stricken lower league clubs immediately.
If passed Celtic then could be crowned Premiership champions later this month – with Hearts relegated.
Dundee could move to torpedo promotion hopes of city rivals Dundee United (team pictured)
Rangers have branded the plans ‘abhorrent’ and joined Hearts owner Ann Budge in launching a challenge.
No decision will be made on the Scottish Premiership until UEFA’s executive meeting has been held on April 23.
The ruling for the second, third and fourth tiers to be stopped immediately and decided on the points-per-game basis needs to be approved by 10 out of the 12 Scottish Premier League teams, eight out of the 10 Championship sides and 15 out of the 20 League One and Two outfits.
Opposition is strong in the Championship where clubs discussed the issue by conference call on Thursday.
Eight of the 10 second tier clubs must vote in favour of the plan – with Partick Thistle, Inverness and Dundee all preparing to vote ‘no’.
And Dens chief John Nelms is working on a plan B broadly similar to the current proposals – but with promotion and relegation scrapped.
All 42 SPFL clubs will decide on whether to cancel football from the second tier down on Friday – if passed Celtic then could be crowned Premiership champions later this month
Under the current resolution Dundee United, Raith Rovers and Cove Rangers would be promoted as winners of their respective leagues – with Hearts, Partick Thistle and Stranraer relegated.
And rival chairmen believe the Nelms proposal to suspend promotion and relegation is driven by a desire to preserve the income from Tayside derbies by keeping Dundee United in the Championship for another season.
Those proposals could allay most of the concerns of the current Championship naysayers – but create new pockets of resistence elsewhere.