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Time for Scottish Football League to restructure

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Has the time called for League Reconstruction? With Hearts destined to go down and teams like Rangers not expected to be near the top flight till 2015/2016, has league Reconstruction in Scotland now necessary to save a league losing it's big teams in the top tier?

Scottish Football in recent seasons has found itself under the microscope, due to the situations at teams such as Dundee, Dunfermline, Gretna, Hearts and Rangers, for five teams in a relatively small structured main four tiers of football which is a 12-10-10-10 format.

With teams playing each other four times a season, two home and two away, it's incredibly repetitive, not since 1974/75 has there been more than 12 teams in the top division or any division. As there was a 18-18 setup up till then.

With 42 teams currently in the four main divisions and the amount of junior teams plus teams with the Highland and Lowland League, with the facilities and standards to meet SPFL standards, has the time called to potentially overhaul the top four divisions, as the senior football system is in seven tiers, broken down in League and Non-League, the non-league has 62 teams across 5 divisions, possibly worth putting a system in place to place more teams from these leagues into the top four tiers, the potential is possibly there to work from.

A possible change which would benefit a number of teams especially in terms of attendance, an example of this is with Rangers down in League two, now set for Championship after two swift promotions, is that attendances for teams rocketed due to the chance of playing Rangers, despite not the Rangers of recent European success, but the name and fans prestige, brought record attendances for teams plus Rangers themselves at home were outperforming the whole of Scotland combined unless Celtic played at home.

This is possibly when the SFA realised that the time to restructure the League was when Rangers were faced with League Two, it could have been a way to have saved them at the cost of benefitting other teams.

Looking at the current Pyramid system for Scottish Football, the top four tiers potentially could be an 18-18-18-18 setup or adjust accordingly, but the top tier at minimum should be 18, as playing just a home and away game for teams would be ideal, plus with the variety that would be on offer in terms of teams facing each other, it would be fresh and enjoyable, plus gives a chance for teams to visit grounds they may never go to unless of a cup game.


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