Gardiner wants league sorted

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Scott Gardiner has called for final decisions to be made about the Clydesdale Bank Premier League
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Scott Gardiner has called for final decisions to be made about the Clydesdale Bank Premier League

Dundee chief executive Scott Gardiner has called for finality over the make-up of next season's Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

SPL clubs and chief executive Neil Doncaster meet for their annual general meeting on Monday and Gardiner is anxious for a decision.

"I've not spoken to Neil or any of the board of the SPL," Gardiner told BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound programme. "I think it damages all of the game. Someone has to show some real leadership here and get a grip of things."

Irn-Bru First Division runners-up Dundee and relegated Dunfermline are still waiting to see which team will replace Rangers despite SPL clubs rejecting the Ibrox newco application on July 4.

Proposals to put the Ibrox club in the First Division included plans to promote Dundee but they have been rejected by Scottish Football League clubs.

"We've been planning to win the First Division for a couple of months now and we have been adding to the squad with the view to winning the First Division and selling our season tickets," Gardiner said.

"We have had to stop a lot of things behind the scenes because we could put the club in real danger if we make the wrong decisions.

"We're in limbo and I'm just asking for someone to step up and say 'okay, all the votes have been held, here is the situation and Dundee Football Club will be playing either in the SPL or the First Division'."

Gardiner does not expect SPL clubs to review their rejection of the Rangers bid despite Doncaster's warning that the Third Division option would cost the game £16million a season.

"It seems to me something quite remarkable and quite extraordinary would have to happen in order to get that in place," he said. "But I suppose extraordinary things have been happening."

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