Scottish football: A new era?

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In January, it was decided that Scottish clubs will get the chance to vote on a new league restructure. Although no date has been finalised, they are looking to get plans in place for the start of the 2013/14 season.

The proposed league structuring would be a 12-12-18 set-up. The new top flight would be called 'Premiership', the second tier 'Championship' and the third tier 'National League'. So what does it all mean?

It would firstly see a merger of the two Scottish league bodies, the Scottish Premier League and the Scottish Football League. The SPL was formed in 1998 and has only been won by two teams, Glasgow giants Rangers and Celtic both winning the league seven times each.

The same 12-12-18 system was tried in Austria and Switzerland to no success, but football bosses in Scotland think that it can work.

Speaking back in January, the SFA chief executive Stewart Regan told BBC Sport: "We have seen a willingness to make change happen and a recognition that Scottish football is crying out for a new dawn."

What the SPL and SFL need is the backing of a majority of clubs to get the green light, the SPL needing an 11-1 in favour and the SFL need a 75% vote in favour. Rangers would be ineligible to vote as they have just joined the SFL.

Here are the key points to be considered:

- 24 clubs would split into three groups of eight after 22 matches, they would then play a further 14 matches.

- The top eight will play for the title and european places, middle eight will play for promotion and relegation to and from the 'Premiership' and the bottom eight will play for relegation to the 'National League'.

Following Rangers' demotion to Division 3 of the SFL, even if they win the league title, they could still find themselves playing in the bottom league next season if the change happens.

This has prompted Rangers chief exectuive Charles Green to say that Rangers would try and get a move to the English leagues.

Will the league restructure have a bearing on enhancing Scottish football for better or for worse? Get in touch and let us know.


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