Hearts’ Ann Budge to co-chair SPFL reconstruction committee featuring Dundee’s John Nelms

Hearts owner Ann Budge will co-chair an SPFL Reconstruction Committee, after admitting she intends to fight the decision to end the Scottish lower leagues early.

The 15-member task force, which will be co-chaired by Hamilton chairman Les Gray and also includes Dundee’s John Nelms, will meet for the first time on Monday afternoon.

It will consider the possibility of expanding the Premiership for the 2020/21 season.

“The importance of league restructuring is understood by all,” said Budge. “It is vital that we all work together to find solutions for the benefit of the game as a whole.”

Gray added: “I am delighted that so many clubs have come forward to support the league restructuring process. I am looking forward to a positive debate.”

The contentious ballot to end the Scottish Championship, League One and League Two seasons was eventually pushed through when Dundee voted in favour on Wednesday, after retracting their no vote last week.

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More than £1.8m in prize money has started to be released to Scotland’s lower league clubs following the outcome, though no payments can be released to the 12 Premiership clubs until a decision to call their campaign early has been made.

The current standings see Hearts bottom of the table.

SPFL Reconstruction Committee

Budge has been critical of the SPFL board for its conduct of the ballot on its proposals, saying she was “disillusioned and bitterly disappointed” by the outcome of the vote.

Rangers are also unhappy with how the process was handled, with manager Steven Gerrard calling for an SPFL probe into what he calls “an absolute mess” while the club said “no fair-minded person can take the outcome of this vote seriously”.

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