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JAGS NOT GIVING UP THE FIGHT.

Byline: CRAIG SWAN c.swan@dailyrecord.co.uk

PARTICK THISTLE chief Ian Maxwell insists his club will not be fobbed off in the fixtures fight.

The Jags are awaiting an official response from the SPFL today after sending a stinging letter to Hampden bosses to outline their disgust at the proposed programme for 2016-17.

Thistle, Motherwell and Hamilton reacted furiously after Friday's fixtures announcement which saw them given just two home games each against the Old Firm - and four away before the split - while others such as Inverness, Dundee and Hearts got four at home.

The trio believe that has robbed them of PS150,000 each and also handed an unfair financial and sporting advantage to their rivals.

Thistle want the fixture list ripped up and redrawn and Firhill managing director Ian Maxwell is adamant his club won't let the matter simply go away.

Maxwell said: "We spoke to the SPFL briefly on Friday and sent a letter on Saturday morning outlining our position and asking for a quick response from them.

"We need to get together and see how we are going to work it out because it is not something we feel we can just let lie.

"It's far too serious for that and the other clubs involved feel the same.

"I'm hoping to achieve a new fixture list. However, I don't know how realistic that is at this stage. There's the financial and sporting implication of us travelling to the two biggest clubs twice more than others.

"It's never been the way it has been done and it's not just a compensation issue.

"Everyone wants to see good games at their own stadium and we would rather see three home games against the Old Firm for us as opposed to getting some compensation.

"Games against the Old Firm at home are worth between PS120,000 and PS150,000. That's about five per cent of our turnover. I don't accept it's the luck of the draw.

"It has a massive impact as we don't know if we can sign any more players."

Maxwell insists this situation has never occurred before in the top flight.

He said: "When the SPL was first mooted back in 2001 there were discussions to keep everything fair, each club would get three Old Firm games at home pre-split and three away."

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Date:Jun 20, 2016
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