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League reconstruction plans fail to win support from Premiership clubs. Ross County will avoid relegation if top flight finishes early.


By Will Clark

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Plans to reconstruct leagues in Scottish football next season appear to be dead after Premiership clubs failed to give their support.

Hampden Park.Picture: Daniel Forsyth.
Hampden Park.Picture: Daniel Forsyth.

The Premiership looks set to stay at 12 teams next season after the SPFL Reconstruction Task Force failed to get backing for proposals to change the league.

Proposals to increase the number of teams to 14 in the top flight, received insufficient support from Premiership clubs.

Ross County are in 10th place in the Premiership and will avoid relegation if the season can't be completed which would see bottom side Hearts going down to the Championship.

Caley Thistle, who were in second place in the Championship, will stay in the division next season.

They were already denied a chance of promotion as a result of the play-offs being scrapped due to the Championship, League One and League Two campaigns ending early.

Partick Thistle will be relegated to League One and Stranraer to League Two.

Highland League champions Brora Rangers and Lowland League winners Kelty Hearts have also been denied promotion as a result of the decision.

The Highland League released a statement stating their disappointment.

It said: "Today’s news that the current work towards SPFL League Reconstruction has been brought to an abrupt and arbitrary halt is disappointing and frustrating in equal measure," he said.

"This year, albeit in difficult circumstances, the SPFL had its first opportunity since the introduction of the Scottish Football Pyramid to meaningfully embrace the spirit of the pyramid.

"It is a matter of great regret that the SPFL has chosen to turn away from that.

"All associated with the Highland League share the undoubted disenchantment that will be felt by Brora Rangers and Kelty Hearts."

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