Rangers colts proposal could be rejected at SPFL board meeting as league reconstruction discussed

An SPFL board meeting is due to take place today

Scottish clubs should be given greater clarity in the coming hours regarding league reconstruction and the 2020/21 season.

The SPFL are set to hold a board meeting today (Wednesday) where Ann Budge’s three-tier proposal and Rangers’ ‘innovation paper’ are to be discussed.

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Both have their support and critics within Scottish football with SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster having been garnering views from clubs.

The SPFL could determine league reconstruction today. Picture: SNSThe SPFL could determine league reconstruction today. Picture: SNS
The SPFL could determine league reconstruction today. Picture: SNS

It has been widely reported Hearts’ 14-14-14 (or 14-14-16) will struggle to get enough backing across the four leagues. And, according to the Scottish Sun, Rangers’ revamp proposals are set to also be rejected.

The Ibrox club’s plans have the support of Hearts.

They have proposed for three tiers of 14-14-18, keeping Hearts in the Premiership, Partick Thistle in the Championship and Stranraer in League One.

It would see Celtic and Rangers ‘B’ teams join the bottom tier with the Old Firm paying a yearly fee over four years, plus committing to buying 200 tickets for away matches and investing in streaming matches.

The plans would also allow for other clubs to put forward a ‘B’ team in the Highland and Lowland League, or build strategic partnerships with lower league clubs which would allow for up to six players and a coach to be loaned out to that club.

Robbie Horn, manager of Lowland League runners-up Bonnyrigg Rose, questioned the plans, noting any ‘B’ team should start at the bottom of the pyramid.

He told the Scotsman’s sister tile the Evening News: "In theory this is a great idea because it's bringing money to the lower league teams, but clubs trying to work their way up the pyramid would be watching these colt teams come straight in above them. That's the frustration because they would be jumping the pyramid.

"This idea has been talked about for a few years now. If colt teams had started at the bottom of the pyramid when it was first mentioned, they would probably be in League Two by now. I don't have a problem with them starting at the lowest point and working their way up.”

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Clubs and the SPFL are keen to press ahead and look towards the 2020/21 campaign with Celtic last month urging next season’s fixture list to be published.

No league reconstruction could see Hearts go down the legal route as they keep a keen eye on what’s happening in France and Belgium where authorities have blocked relegation.

In April, the 42 member clubs voted on the SPFL’s resolution to terminate the league season based on a points-per-game average which was supported by the majority of clubs.