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- Updated: July 14, 2012
St Mirren chairman Stewart Gilmour has hit out at Scottish Football League chairmen after they vote a Rangers newco into the Third Division.
Representatives from 30 member clubs overwhelmingly decided Sevco Scotland Limited must play in the bottom tier of the league structure after rejecting proposals which could have seen the Ibrox side play in the First Division.
Gilmour was one of ten SPL chairmen to vote against admitting Charles Green’s new company into Scottish football’s top flight earlier this month.
In an interview with the Paisley Daily Express the Buddies chief says the SFL’s decision has done damage to the game.
He told the paper: “This is horrific news for St Mirren Football Club. The consequences are terrible – catastrophic even.
“What happens next? Well, there is an SPL meeting on Monday and we will need to see what is said then and take it from there.
“The St Mirren board will meet in the days after that SPL meeting and decide what is the best way forward but we are already looking at major redundancies.”
Scottish FA chief executive Stewart Regan has come under pressure in recent days over his handling of the situation.
However Gilmour added: “To be fair to Stewart Regan, the document he released last week was a good document.
“It set out changes to Scottish football that would bring in a fairer structure, fairer distribution system, fairer everything.
“Unfortunately, the people in the SFL have not bought into that. I just hope they realise the damage they have done to Scottish football.
“Five clubs in the SPL could be in administration within weeks – and we will have to do everything we can to avoid being one of them.”
Speculation continues over the possible creation of an SPL2, however Gilmour appeared to dismiss the idea.
He said: “The SFA and the other bodies are already talking about the options and that could be decided on Monday.
“As for an SPL 2, I’m not sure that is any better than letting Rangers back into the top flight.”