Scottish merger plan gains momentum

25 Jun 2012

A proposal to merge the Scottish Premier League (SPL) with the Scottish Football League (SFL) will be discussed with clubs after the two bodies staged a “positive meeting” with the Scottish Football Association (SFA) on Friday.

The plan to revamp Scottish domestic football includes the formation of a single league body for the senior game, the introduction of a promotion/relegation play-off between the SPL and the SFL First Division and a single financial distribution model.

The financial demise of Rangers, which is currently bidding to re-enter the SPL as a newco, is understood to have given new impetus to the proposal. A joint statement released on behalf of the SFA, SPL and SFL said: “All three parties have been involved in productive discussions for some time on the subject of league reconstruction. The two league bodies will now engage in a wider consultation with their member clubs.”

The statement added: “Further consultation will take place in the near future, with the aim of reaching a positive outcome on a new model to take Scottish football forward.”