Date: 31st May 2008 at 12:06pm
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I’m sure most of you are aware of FIFA’s recent vote for the 6+5 rule, where clubs will be able to field only 5 overseas players. Luckily, that doesn’t affect us, infact, it’s probably to our advantage, as a recent BBC Sport report has revealed that Aberdeen are the most Scottish club in the SPL.

The following are standings of how many players on average are Scottish in the starting 11 from the 2007/2008 season.

Aberdeen – 9.2
Inverness – 9.1
Motherwell – 8.8
St. Mirren -8.0
Kilmarnock – 7.7
Rangers – 7.4
Dundee United – 4.9
Hibernian – 4.6
Celtic – 4.3
Gretna – 3.8
Falkirk – 3.7
Hearts – 3.5

Unsurprisingly, Hearts are top of the upside down league with that measly 3.5 Scottish players per starting 11. They have about 50 players on their books and approximately half are Lithuanian thanks to owner Mr Romanov.

Only half of the SPL teams would currently fit the proposal, which mysteriously links to the fact only half the SPL clubs have voted in favour of it. FIFA president Sepp Blatter is trying to implement the idea by the start of the 2013-2014 season.

Earlier this season, Aberdeen’s entire starting 11 was Scottish in the away leg to Dnipro, in which the Dons progressed through to the group stages with a 1-1 draw. Compared to Rangers who started 6 in their 3-0 victory at Lyon and Celtic who started just 4 in their win against Milan.