East Stirlingshire became the first club to drop out of the pyramid when they were beaten over two legs by Edinburgh City in 2016. Since then Berwick Rangers have also fallen into the Lowland League alongside the Shire.
And Brechin’s attempts to avoid a play-off against Brora Rangers of the Highland League or Lowland winners Kelty Hearts were dismissed by the Falkirk-based club who told the League Two side ‘you are bottom for a reason’.
Shire tweeted: “Years ago clubs voted for a pyramid. We even voted for it. We were the first and took our medicine, embraced the Lowland League and rallied. Berwick did the same. Dry your eyes Brechin you are bottom for a reason.”
Brechin have suggested reconstruction and claimed a play-off to potentially relegate the club would be “fundamentally unfair”.