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Doncaster: "The more we have criticism and infighting, the more difficult that is because instead of working on a plan, me and my team are trying to defend rather than getting on the front foot." PA Photo.

Doncaster: "The more we have criticism and infighting, the more difficult that is because instead of working on a plan, me and my team are trying to defend rather than getting on the front foot." PA Photo.

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Doncaster: "The more we have criticism and infighting, the more difficult that is because instead of working on a plan, me and my team are trying to defend rather than getting on the front foot." PA Photo.

SPFL chief Executive Neil Doncaster has urged Scotland's clubs to work together to get through the coronavirus pandemic after the collapse of reconstruction talks sparked anger and recriminations.

Falkirk claimed Scottish football had become an "utter shambles", Partick Thistle called Premiership clubs "thoughtless and selfish" and Hearts accused their rivals of "appalling disrespect" after a number of top-flight clubs decided to block any plans for reforming the leagues.

Thistle's relegation to League One now looks certain, while Falkirk will be denied promotion after finishing a point behind Raith Rovers when the pandemic stopped play. Hearts will be relegated if the Premiership is called in the same way as the lower leagues.

Doncaster said: "This is a passionate game and clearly when football is not being played and businesses in general are under massive pressure, you can expect passionate comments to be made.

"We are trying to work together for the benefit of 42 clubs and get the game back up and running as soon as possible.

"The more we have criticism and infighting, the more difficult that is because instead of working on a plan, me and my team are trying to defend rather than getting on the front foot.

"You could go down the road of voiding the season but how would the likes of Dundee United feel about that? That's aside from the legal ramifications. Ultimately in a sporting competition you have to have a pragmatic way forward."

Doncaster stressed the league set-up was a decision for the clubs.

"You probably need 11 votes out of 12 in the Premiership and 75 per cent in other leagues, so it was always going to be difficult," he added.