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Last Updated: Monday, 19 November 2007, 21:29 GMT
Gretna face eco-stadium dilemma
Raydale Park
Gretna are reluctant to return to Raydale Park
Gretna are pressing ahead with proposals to build a new eco-stadium but know it will not be ready in time to comply with SPL guidelines.

A new home would have to be in place by 31 March to be used in the top flight next season and Gretna are still at the planning stage of the development.

"We are pursuing it rapidly but know there is a problem with 31 March," said chief executive Graeme Muir.

Gretna are sharing Fir Park this season and sit bottom of the SPL.

Should they survive their first season in the SPL, Gretna would not be permitted to prolong that arrangement.

That would leave open the option of redeveloping their old Raydale Park home.

But Muir believes club owner Brooks Mileson would be wasting his money on such a venture.

"It may come to doing Raydale up but Brooks would be as well putting 2.5m in a hole in the ground and burning it," he said.

"We have Fraser McLaren in the under-19s and Greg Fleming with the under-21s.

"We want better facilities to bring on more Scotland players for the future.

"We are at long last getting support from outside sources, mainly government, to build an appropriate stadium on the outskirts of Gretna that would meet the needs of the football club and the community."

Muir went on to tell BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound that the new stadium would use geothermal under-soil heating and capture rainfall to water the pitch.

He also said the club were looking into utilising wind power to generate their own electricity.

SPL regulations also stipulate a minimum capacity of 6,000 for all top flight stadiums.

The population of Gretna stands at approximately 3,000 and Muir said the club would rather be building a home with 4,000 seats.

SEE ALSO
Gretna chase new stadium dream
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New Gretna ground gets approval
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