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Highland League disappointed and frustrated in Scottish league reconstruction plans being killed off


By Will Clark

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The Highland League says it has been left disenchanted by league reconstruction plans being scrapped after Premiership clubs failed to give their support.

Champions Brora Rangers will remain in the Highland League next season. Picture: Callum Mackay
Champions Brora Rangers will remain in the Highland League next season. Picture: Callum Mackay

Plans from the SPFL Reconstruction Task Force to change the league system in Scotland, including proposals to introduce a three division system of 14-14-16 failed to gain support from Premiership clubs.

It means Brora Rangers and Lowland League winners Kelty Hearts have been denied automatic promotion after SPFL clubs previously voted to scrap this season's play-offs.

The Highland League released a statement stating their disappointment that promotion through the pyramid system has not been honoured.

It said: "Today’s news that the current work towards SPFL League Reconstruction has been brought to an abrupt and arbitrary halt is disappointing and frustrating in equal measure," he said.

"This year, albeit in difficult circumstances, the SPFL had its first opportunity since the introduction of the Scottish Football Pyramid to meaningfully embrace the spirit of the pyramid.

"It is a matter of great regret that the SPFL has chosen to turn away from that.

"All associated with the Highland League share the undoubted disenchantment that will be felt by Brora Rangers and Kelty Hearts."

It also means Caley Thistle, who were in second place in the Championship look set to stay in the division next season.

They were already denied a chance of promotion as a result of the play-offs being scrapped due to the Championship, League One and League Two campaigns ending early.

Hearts will be relegated from the Premiership to the Championship if it is decided the top flight campaign can't be completed.

Partick Thistle will be relegated to League One and Stranraer to League Two.



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