A BBC Scotland report has detailed the preferred option of the Scottish football Reconstruction Group, which will soon be put to Premiership clubs.
A panel has been discussing various ways to rejig the current league system since April, amid the global health crisis.
Up until now, three leagues of 14 teams each had been thought the most likely recommendation. That model has already been backed by the ten clubs currently in Scottish League Two [BBC Scotland].
However, it has now emerged that the Reconstruction Group’s preferred option is in fact a 14-14-16 arrangement.
Such a set-up would see no club relegated across the pyramid.
Hearts would survive the drop and Dundee United and Inverness Caley Thistle would be promoted to the Premiership.
Partick Thistle would remain in the second-tier despite a bottom-placed finish, with the top six League One sides joining them.
The bottom four League One clubs would then be joined by the ten current League Two clubs as well as Brora Rangers and Kelty Hearts, forming a 16-team third-tier.
However, the BBC Scotland report makes it clear that this will only be formally presented as the favoured option if support is gained across all levels of the game.
Rangers and the other clubs in the Scottish Premiership will discuss the concept on Thursday and it’s suggested that a 11-1 majority would be required for the proposal to succeed. In the other existing divisions, only 75% support would be needed.
This is an interesting development in the reconstruction debate as the panel tries to find the fairest and most beneficial option for the Scottish game.
The main winners in terms of the top-flight in this instance would be Hearts and Inverness with the former avoiding the relegation despite a wretched campaign and the latter gaining promotion without completing all their fixtures or having to navigate the play-offs.
The changes would have a minor impact upon Rangers in terms of the schedule, but it’s unlikely they would have to play any more matches than they currently do and there would be more variety in terms of opponents faced.
Reconstruction may not be at the top of the Gers’ priorities on Thursday, though, as that is also when they are reportedly scheduled to distribute evidence of SPFL wrongdoing to their fellow member clubs [Scotsman].