Rangers legend Barry Ferguson has won the Scottish Lowland League as manager of Kelty Hearts and is eyeing promotion to the SPFL.
Ferguson has been in charge at the ambitious Fife club since October 2018 and led them to their first-ever Lowland League title last season.
That campaign was ended early due to the pandemic with Kelty crowned champions via the Points Per Game method and history has repeated itself this season.
The league was halted back in January amid a worsening of the Covid situation and although SPFL League One and Two clubs returned to action earlier this month, it was recently decided that it would be impossible to complete the Lowland League campaign with the cost of testing unmanageable for member clubs.
Kelty had been top on 36 points from 13 matches prior to the league’s suspension and their PPG of 2.77 was enough to see them win the title ahead of Bonnyrigg Rose and East Kilbride (2.42).
With champion status secured, attention is now turning to the potential for a high-profile promotion to the SPFL.
Ferguson’s Kelty were denied the chance to move up when last season’s play-offs were cancelled, but while uncertainty remains, it’s reportedly hoped that this season, the process will be honoured [Daily Record].
That would mean a clash against the Highland League champions – likely to be Brora Rangers – with the winners of that tie taking on the side that finishes bottom of League Two. As things stand, that would be Brechin City.
Multiple Rangers prospects are currently on loan at the City, one of whom is said to be on the same path as Nathan Patterson.