Lowland League chiefs blast SPFL revamp rejection

Adminstrative chiefs in the Lowland League – which features Gala Fairydean Rovers, Vale of Leithen and Berwick Rangers – have reacted with disappointment to the collapse of talks over the possible reconstruction of the Scottish football pyramid.

Wednesday, 13th May 2020, 12:00 pm
Lowland League chiefs have made their views clear on the present state of the Scottish game.

Premiership clubs had opted for the staus quo and rejected a potential reshuffle of the structure, which could have seen a possible 14-14-16 formation in the SPFL.

In a statement on its website, the Lowland League bosses described the scenario as “damaging” and “short-term”.

“We were notified by the heads of the SPFL reconstruction group that talks regarding this were at an end,” said the statement.

“This followed a meeting of SPFL Premiership clubs, where it became clear there was “no appetite for a restructuring of the pyramid at this time”.

“The SLFL is disappointed in the extreme that Scottish football has failed to grasp a golden opportunity to enhance and develop the pyramid system.

“We view this as extremely damaging to the integrity of the competition and that football supporters across the country have been hugely let down.

“We understand these are uncertain times for everyone. However, it would seem the overall welfare of the game has been cast aside in favour of short term gain.

“The league is particularly disappointed that our champion club, Kelty Hearts, has been denied an opportunity to progress from the Lowland League.

“We will continue to do what is right for our clubs and explore all available avenues to protect the interests of our members.”