Fans' initiative gets backing
Former Scotland First Minister Henry McLeish has backed an initiative to give supporters an input in the direction of Scottish football.
Supporters Direct Scotland have established a Fans' Parliament, a vehicle to represent football supporters' views and stimulate informed debate.
Talks have already been held to ensure cooperation with the Scottish Football Association, the Scottish Football League and the Scottish Premier League in the government-backed scheme.
McLeish said: "There's no reason why we can't be like other countries, in Germany and Spain, where fans have a bigger involvement and a bigger say.
"First of all, the fans are vital for the game; for the last 20 years the fans have not been recognised as such.
"Secondly, we need a more coordinated voice for the fans and, thirdly, let's recognise that the fans are spectators, they're supporters, they're investors, they are part of the community.
"We need more fans coming through the turnstile. I want to see more women, more families, more children and more young people.
"The fans are crucial. We've got to win them back. Football without fans doesn't make any sense."
A series of roadshows will be held across the country, beginning in Edinburgh on October 28.
Head of Supporters Direct in Scotland Paul Goodwin said: "We want the new 'Fans' Parliament' initiative to be the conduit for the debate and discussion between fans across the country and, in effect, be the voice of Scottish football fans.
"We want to facilitate discussion on key issues affecting our game through online discussions and debate and regularly present those findings to Government and the game's governing bodies as the very latest in supporters' opinions and views in the game."