SPFL considers expanding Scottish Championship to 12-team league

The SPFL has been in talks to expand the Scottish second tier to a 12-team league for the beginning of the 2020-21 season, according to the BBC.

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Under the proposals, each team in the Ladbrokes Championship would play 44 league games a season with no mirror of the Premiership’s split after three rounds of fixtures.

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In order to expand the division, the league is considering no relegation from next season’s Championship with the top two teams in League One receiving automatic promotion.

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In order to make up a shortfall for the remaining two divisions there are three options being considered.

- Merge the bottom two divisions into an 18-team, 36-match league.

- Introduce one club each from both the Lowland and Highland leagues and expand to 44 clubs.

- Introduce two colt teams from Ladbrokes Premiership sides.

Discussions have already taken place and the changes could be pushed through at the next SPFL annual meeting.

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