Despite clubs knocking back the same format a couple of months ago, we’re effectively back to where we started as the SPFL do everything they can to avoid relegating Hearts.
The SPFL confirm they’ve asked clubs to take an initial vote on a reconstruction to 14-10-10-10.
If it gathers enough backing, a formal resolution will be drawn up and officially voted on. pic.twitter.com/2pC4WtaS2h
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Hearts would avoid relegation with Dundee United and Inverness both promoted from the Championship, with the top two from League One and League Two also going up a level.
The final two spots would be taken by the Highland League and Lowland League champions, Brora and Kelty, but you have to question why we’ve found ourselves back at square one.
The optics of it all look a lot worse when the SPFL’s new and improved 14-10-10-10 setup (this one is permanent compared to it maybe being permanent back in April) comes within a day of Hearts benefactor kindly gifting the league £3million, with all 42 clubs including Rangers getting £50,000.
There’s nothing to suggest that there’s anything untoward – but with the number of farces the SPFL have found themselves in recently, you simply couldn’t rule anything out.
It would seem that this one will finally go through at the second attempt and save Hearts from relegation but the damage that’s been done to the credibility of the league – and trust in its officials – is going to linger for a long time to come.