Celtic in Sky TV threat over SPL voting structure

CELTIC have threatened to withdraw all co-operation with Sky over plans to change SPL voting.

Record Sport understands the champions-elect may refuse to work with the TV giant ahead of this weekend’s Old Firm match, barring the bare minimum required under SPL rules.

The threat is in response to the resolution presented last Friday by the 10 clubs outwith the Old Firm aimed at ripping up the league voting structure.

With Rangers plunged in administration, the SPL 10 want change but Celtic disagree.

And yesterday they told SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster they will continue their stance until the 10 ditch the proposals.

The SPL recently agreed a five-year, £80million extension to their TV contract which will kick in this August and run until the summer of 2017.

Ironically, Celtic boss Neil Lennon was a pundit for Sky at last night’s St Mirren v Hearts clash but the threat to withhold access ahead of Sunday’s Old Firm derby is real and sources inside the SPL fear for the future of the new deal.

It is understood Celtic have spoken with Sky but the move has outraged the non-Old Firm chairmen.

The 10 signed up to a document put before the SPL board asking for a resolution to be discussed at next month’s meeting of all clubs.

The SPL clubs believe the 11-1 majority required for any kind of structural change is undemocratic, allowing the Old Firm a stranglehold on the game.

A source within the 10 said: “We have 10 clubs trying to make the league more democratic and one trying to dictate their agenda to everyone.

“But Celtic know without Sky money, every club in the league is up the creek.”

A Celtic spokesperson said: “We are sure all supporters would regard these attempts to create division and uncertainty as very concerning, particularly given the current state of the game in Scotland.