League Reconstruction Fails To Win Support From Premiership Clubs

The prospect of league reconstruction for next season will not be taken forward after Scottish Premiership clubs indicated there isn’t enough support for any change at this time.

This will likley mean if/when the Premiership season is ended, that Hearts will be relegated.

It also means that Partick Thistle and Stranraer are now relegatedas their respective leagues were finished.

The top-flight clubs have said they would revisit the issue of revamping the league structure in the future.

There were two main plans being discussed for next season – both with a three league structure.

One would have seen each division contain 14 sides. The other would have been a 14-14-16 system, which would have allowed for Highland League winners Brora Rangers and Lowland Champions Kelty Hearts to be promoted to the bottom tier of the SPFL.

Dave Cormack commented “The strong feeling of the group was that we must focus all our energies on emerging from the crisis we face, due to the pandemic, on getting back to playing football safely and getting fans back into grounds as soon as practicably possible.

“Whilst the (Premiership) sympathises with the plight of the situation the relegated teams are faced with, it concluded that this isn’t the right time to consider immediate reconstruction in the midst of a crisis.”

“But the group is willing to engage in and pick up on these discussions once we are through COVID-19.”