Hearts make last-ditch proposal to restructure SPFL

Hearts have tabled a last-ditch proposal to restructure the Sottish Professional Football League into three divisions of 14 teams, to be considered by the league’s board on Wednesday morning. A previous version of this plan – designed to save Hearts from relegation under the current 12-10-10-10 format - was rejected by their fellow Premiership clubs because it proposed a return to the existing arrangement after a single season. Ann Budge, Hearts’ owner, has changed the proposal to a two-season arrangement and had also suggested an alternative structure of 14-14-16 to permit the promotion of Kelty Hearts and Brora Rangers from their regional leagues. “The need to implement a more flexible league structure to cope with the huge challenges facing clubs of all sizes, as they fight to survive the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. “The proposed restructure involves moving to three enlarged divisions, each of which would focus on tackling the specific and different challenges facing the larger, the medium and the smaller (often part-time) clubs within Scottish football. “If, unfortunately, some clubs are unable to compete, there will be a greater likelihood that league competitions will still be able to continue, if these larger groupings are put in place, albeit not necessarily in the proposed format.