Thistle could fight SPL over relegation

Partick Thistle chairman Tom Hughes insists the Firhill club will fight the Bank of Scotland Premier League in court to stave off the threat of relegation.

Partick Thistle chairman Tom Hughes insists the Firhill club will fight the Bank of Scotland Premier League in court to stave off the threat of relegation.

The Jags are 14 points adrift at the foot of the table but Hughes is furious that Bell’s First Division promotion hopefuls Clyde and Inverness have been given more time to bring their grounds up to SPL standard.

Top flight rules insist on a 10,000 all-seater stadium to be ready for a March 31 deadline, which the Firhill chairman believes should be adhered to as his club and others did.

Hughes told the Daily Record: “The rule is there so it should be obeyed. If it is not obeyed then we will take every action within our power.

“If this affects us, we will do everything to stop it. We already have lawyers fighting this. If St Johnstone or St Mirren win the league, then good luck to them.

“As for the club who say their stand will be ready, that should not be allowed because the deadline is March 31.

“Livi were made to build a stand then so were St Mirren and us. That has a seriously detrimental effect on you because what you are doing is building a stand before you know you will be in the SPL.

“That’s a huge gamble to take because you run the risk of not being promoted or your competitiveness is seriously affected if you go back down, which is what has happened at St Mirren.

“They have been prejudiced by the SPL rules and we’re under threat of ending up in the same position as them.”

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