Rangers legend Barry Ferguson has been boosted by the news that his side Kelty Hearts will be able to compete in a playoff the reach the Scottish Professional Football League.
A war had been waging behind the scenes in Scottish football after League Two Brechin had pushed for relegation from the pyramid system to be scrapped.
The League Two side – who escaped a playoff last season due to the Covid shutdown – also reiterated calls for reconstruction of the system which would see the bottom division expanded by four teams.
These would include a Rangers and Celtic B team alongside the Highland and Lowland League winners, at this moment Brora Rangers and Kelty Hearts respectively.
But the SFA have now announced that the playoffs will go ahead with Brechin currently rooked to the bottom of the division and Club 42 looking increasingly likely to be them.
Ferguson-led Kelty will face off against Brora in the playoff with the winners of that tie set to play Brechin and should they find themselves victorious, secure a place in the SPFL.
“The Scottish FA and Scottish Professional Football League can confirm that the Play-Off Match will go ahead between Brora Rangers and Kelty Hearts, and that the Pyramid Play-Off Match against SPFL Club 42 will also take place,” said an SFA statement.
“The governing and league bodies sought legal clarification, overseen by a judge, on the correct interpretation of the Pyramid Play-Off Competition Rules, which are embedded in the respective rules of each of the SPFL, the Scottish Highland and Lowland Football Leagues.
“Having established that Brora Rangers and Kelty Hearts have been correctly identified as league champions of the Highland and Lowland Leagues respectively – and the SPFL having determined that they both satisfy its Membership Criteria – dates for both legs of the Play-Off match and the Pyramid Play-Off match will be announced by the SPFL shortly.”
Ferguson will now be able to look forward to the playoff and Rangers fans will be hoping both he and assistant manager Bob Malcolm get a shot at promotion.
The former Rangers captain will be delighted at the news and has previously spoken about his ambitions to get to the SPFL.