Scottish Premier League clubs ‘agree’ league revamp
Scotland's top tier clubs reach an agreement for a 10-team top league and a second tier of 12 teams
Scotland’s top flight clubs have reached an agreement for a 10-team top league and a second tier of 12 teams following a meeting at Hampden Park on Monday.
The clubs have asked the Scottish Premier Leagues’s Strategic Review Group to flesh out the plans, which also include play-offs, an earlier start to the season and a winter shutdown as a means to prevent the majority of SPL games being called off in December and January as a result of wintry weather.
The majority of fans would prefer a larger league but clubs have already rejected a league of 16 or 18 teams. Some clubs are however still understood to want a 14-team league, which would see teams play each other twice, a proposal championed by the Daily Record.
The problem for Scotland’s top tier clubs remains financial, and with SPL attendances continuing to fall the only way to safeguard their futures is to negotiate the best deal possible by selling television rights to broadcasters Sky, ESPN, and the BBC. But with a 14-team league clubs believe they would miss out through lost matches and television money.
An SPL statement read: “The Scottish Premier League clubs today reaffirmed their commitment to the work of the Strategic Review Group to develop a structure for the whole of Scottish football.
“Broad support was given to progressing a 10-team Premiership and a 12-team Championship at the top of a pyramid for Scottish football as the preferred option.
“The SPL clubs have asked the executive team to further develop aspects of these proposals and to update the Strategic Review Group’s report.
“The SPL will now consult with the Scottish FA and the Scottish Football League and its clubs before a final decision by the SPL clubs.”
Despite claims from the league that clubs are now working together to finalise plans, two or three clubs could still derail the SPL’s proposals
With no vote on the agenda at this meeting, a formal resolution is expected to be put to the clubs in time for a vote in March.