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Scottish football restructuring plans vetoed

Plans to restructure the Scottish football leagues have been vetoed by Ross County and St Mirren at a Scottish Premier League (SPL) meeting.

It was announced that the clubs had failed to secure the 11-1 majority needed to send the plans to the Scottish Football League (SFL).

The lower league clubs including Queen of the South, Annan Athletic, Stranraer and Berwick Rangers, were due to vote on Friday (19th April).

Henry McClelland, Chairman of Annan, told ITV News that as far as he was aware the meeting would still go ahead.

"Our position is that we want to exercise caution. The Scottish Football League is 123-years-old and it is incumbent on chairmen to take decisions for the right reason."

– Henry McClelland, Chairman, Annan Athletic FC

Mr McClelland is against the current proposals because he does not agree with some of the details, but says he would back the integration of the SPL and SFL:

He added that he agreed with 80% of the proposals but felt clubs should re-negotiate on contentious issues.

Chairman pays tribute to Harry Cairney

Harry Cairney's been in charge at Galabank twice, having taken over for the second time in 2006.

He led Annan into the Scottish Football League but now he's decided to step down.

Harry released a statement explaining the pressure of balancing football with his family life and his day job as a teacher was affecting his health.

The Chairman for Annan Athletic, Henry McClelland, paid tribute to the former manager: