The SPFL have confirmed their latest reconstructions plans after Rangers’ Colts plan was knocked back – and it’s back to the future as a 14-10-10-10 system is the new proposal.

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.

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.

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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.

A general view of the stadium during the UEFA Europa League Group G match between Glasgow Rangers and FC Porto at Ibrox Park, Glasgow on Thursday 7th November 2019.

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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.



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