The Scottish football system is edging closer to implementing major reform after the Scottish Premier League’s (SPL) 12 member clubs voted to approve the proposed new model.
The plan which was proposed earlier this month includes a new league structure, incorporating a pyramid system, and will see the merger of the SPL and Scottish Football League (SFL) into a single league body. The new structure incorporates a league system with two leagues of 12 and an 18-team league. The two leagues of 12 will then separate into three mini-leagues of eight after 22 rounds of fixtures. The 12-12-18 structure has been put forward by the SPL, with the SFL having previously backed a 16-10-16 system. Scottish football currently operates a system of three leagues of 10 clubs below the 12-team SPL.
The plan will be implemented next season if ratified by SFL clubs at a meeting on Thursday. “The clubs were united in their view about the need for change,” said SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster, according to BBC Sport. “I firmly believe that any change can only come from consensus and there’s one consensus model for change going forward. The SPL clubs have been clear today that they, in principle back this being taken to the next stage.”
Doncaster maintained the mood of the meeting had been positive. “It was a good discussion,” he added. “It’s always a robust discussion between SPL clubs, but a positive one. It’s now for the Scottish Football League clubs to give their views on Thursday.”