All SPL clubs favour new structural reforms

Proposed Scottish Football League reforms to be decided next week amidst Rangers opposition

Melanie Jones
Published 01/30/2013 10:54 by Melanie Jones.

Plans to reform the Scottish Football League system have been unanimously approved by all 12 Scottish Premier League clubs.

The changes include a merger between the SPL and the SFL, which will create a three-tier system.

The first and second tiers will contain 12 clubs, whilst the third division will have 18 teams in it. A play-off system for promotion similar to that in the English Championship would see more teams able to fight for promotion each season.

SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster told Sky Sports: "I think it will drive excitement and will drive interest."

The 29 SFL full members will announce their decision on the proposals on Thursday, and if 23 clubs vote in favour of the changes, then action to implement them will begin next season.

Glasgow Rangers do not get a vote as they are only associate members of the Scottish Football League, however chief executive Charles Green has already spoken out against the new 12-12-18 structure, threatening to remove Rangers from Scottish football if the plans come to fruition.  

Whether this means Rangers would make an attempt to join the English football league is a matter for speculation, however it will be interesting to note the response from the troubled Ibrox club if the reforms are voted through by the SFL this week.


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