So the radical plan to shake up Scottish football was unveiled yesterday by Neil Doncaster, chairman of the SPL.
He sounded like a politician when he was being quizzed about it. I may paraphrase slightly but Doncaster’s synopsis was roughly ‘It’s not a plan yet indeed it’s not even a proposal, it’s still an idea which will be put through rigorous consultation and everyone will be invited to submit their views’.
This is the kind of pish you hear when those in charge have decided what’s happening.
So lets look at what’s being suggested:
A top league of ten. Well no surprises there, there has been a top league of either ten or twelve since the mid 70’s. It’s been twelve for the last few years as a sop to the SFL for the formation of the breakaway SPL in the late 90’s.
An SPL2 of ten teams. If I’m reading things correctly then these ten teams will share the TV money previously enjoyed by the two clubs who will shortly be booted from SPL1
Then it gets interesting. The rest of the clubs will play in a regionalised league set up along with the reserve/under 19 teams of the SPL1 clubs.
The problem is that the lower league chairmen may actually go for this, attracted by games against Celtic/Rangers/Hearts/Hibs lite.
I look forward to the debate with interest.
One thing is for sure though, the wee teams supporters will be agin it.
If it happens I may have to find a permanent hook for my Sons scarf.