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Stranraer FC 'shell-shocked' by relegation plan

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STRANRAER FC's position in League 1 hangs by a thread today as clubs across Scotland vote on ending the season now as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic and sports shut-down. A decision to end the season now, rather than attempt a delayed restart, would relegate the Blues. Stranraer FC say they have been left "disappointed and somewhat bemused" that the the only SPFL offer in the table would see Cove Rangers, Raith Rovers and Dundee United promoted with Partick Thistle and Stranraer relegated. Iain Dougan, club chairman spoke to stranraerfc.org after taking part in the a briefing for League 1 clubs. Mr Dougan said later: "We are obviously a bit shell-shocked with the speed and lack of choice being offered to clubs. "Ultimately if you go a season and are bottom the table doesn't lie, but football is not black and white and we have recent history of overcoming the odds at both ends of the table with spirited late runs. "Should this vote go against us, the opportunity to claw ourselves into a position of safety is denied to both ourselves and Partick Thistle, the two clubs who are the only real losers in this scenario should it come to fruition, and something that no one at the club wanted going into our 150th year." "The pandemic and loss of life is certainly much more important than football, but football will return in the future and to be unable to overcome the adversity of our position on the sporting field is hugely frustrating. "We fully understand that clubs wish to receive their final placing to guarantee league payouts, given the narrow financial margins that most clubs are constrained by. "However, as a club, we find it hard to accept that this was the only course of action that could be taken. "We await the outcome of the vote that could ultimately dictate what league the club are playing in next season." Manager Stevie Farrell has previously been bullish in the Free Press about the Blues' chances of avoiding the drop in the event of a restart given the remaining fixtures are against clubs only marginally above them with a large number of games carded for Stair Park.

<< back Published: 10 Apr 2020, 12:13