The SPFL have confirmed that the new season will continue with the existing format after reconstruction was finally killed off today – and Rangers fans on Twitter don’t have much sympathy for Hearts.
Clubs had been asked to give their views on a change to a 14-team top-flight but voted against it, confirming Hearts’ relegation to the Championship won’t be avoided.
SPFL Confirms 12-10-10-10 League Structure For Next Season
— SPFL (@spfl) June 15, 2020
Rangers had submitted their own proposal previously, allowing Colt teams to enter the SPFL, but it was also rejected by clubs and the last three months of bickering have proven to be for nothing.
Speaking to the SPFL’s website, Neil Doncaster confirmed the clubs had rejected reconstruction again and confirmed the starting date for the upcoming Premiership and Championship seasons.
“In recent weeks, we’ve been consulting closely with our clubs regarding possible reconstruction and, based on the feedback we received, the board decided to ask all 42 clubs to give their views so that we could have absolute clarity, which we’ve achieved today,” Doncaster said.
“Whilst a number of clubs were in favour of a new divisional set-up, the support for it was insufficient and we will now move forward with a fixture programme for Season 2020/21 based on the current 12-10-10-10 structure.
“Due to the restrictions forced upon us by the coronavirus outbreak, the Championship clubs also voted overwhelmingly to play each other three times next season, rather than four, which enables a later start to the Championship league season.
“Now that we have a confirmed structure for next season, the SPFL’s fixturing team will begin work on the Premiership fixture list, which will start on the weekend of 1 August, and the Championship fixture list, which will start on the weekend of 17 October.”
When the news was confirmed, Rangers fans were quick to take to Twitter – with little sympathy for Hearts and many calling for Doncaster to resign.
Here are some of the comments from Rangers fans on Twitter:
Neil fails again.. https://t.co/C8YuirGmxM
— CJ (@Cjnovo992) June 15, 2020
Oh dear… https://t.co/nExS9JbNFf
— Graham Hendry (@TremendoHendo72) June 15, 2020
Doncaster put his full support behind league reconstruction, in order to prevent any legal action against the SPFL. Legal action that will cost thousands, and all as a result of him and the executive forcing through the end of the season. He must surely go now.
— missteeray™ (@missteeray) June 15, 2020
Well that's a surprise 😉
— Pedro UK (@LoyalKirkie) June 15, 2020
— Ian Burgess (@IanBurgess5) June 15, 2020
Reconstruction purely with a view to avoid clubs being relegated is wrong imo. But so too was relegating them in the first place. https://t.co/EGEnQtmVD6
— Andy McKellar (@AMcKellar89) June 15, 2020
Hearts brought in the sugar daddy, the SPFL took his money then relegated Hearts into a league that's only playing 27 games.
— Juan Cornetto 🇬🇧🏴 (@Juan_Cornetto) June 15, 2020
— Dougie (@54Beats44) June 15, 2020