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Padonnez-moi if this a repost but i havent seen it...

From The Guardian

SPL plans restructure to allow Old Firm reserve teams in lower division

Both Old Firm clubs, along with Hearts and Hibernian, are planning to field reserve teams in the third tier of Scottish football as early as next season as part of a blueprint to restructure the game in Scotland. The Scottish Premier League is working on a proposal, which could have wide-ranging ramifications, to put before clubs to vote on next year.

There is now universal acceptance within the SPL that its structure, with 12 teams and a late-season split, must be altered following an alarming drop in standards and interest. The protection of vital broadcasting revenue is central to that train of thought.

The mooted alternative would see two divisions of 14 form an upper tier of football. Although the controversial split would remain in some capacity, broadcasters would be satisfied by the continued existence of four Old Firm fixtures.

A newly formed third division would be supplemented by reserve or "B" teams from Scotland's largest clubs, although other teams such as Aberdeen could seek involvement. The recent abolition of the SPL's reserve league has left a huge batch of players without competitive football.

Hearts have considered sending idle squad members on loan to Belarusian club MTZ Ripo, who are sponsored by the Tynecastle owner Vladimir Romanov's Ukio Bankas investment group. The Old Firm play regular friendlies against the reserve teams of English Premier League clubs. They are thought to be happy, in principle, to field teams in a lower league – a system already in place in many Continental countries.

A senior SPL figure confirmed today that next season would offer "the perfect opportunity" to implement change, but there are obstacles to the proposal: the three leagues outside the top flight are controlled by the Scottish Football League, over which the SPL would need to have control for the plans to succeed. It has long been recommended, though, that a single entity takes over governance of Scotland's league structure.

Sounds good in principal to me but am unsure as to how a split would still work with 14 teams...

Thoughts?

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Would be great for the young players to get playing in meaningful games on a weekly basis. I think we should be aiming at 16 teams minimum in the SPL and ditch this split nonsense.

And lets be honest the Highland league sides and Junior sides will not be happy about this as they are chapping at the bit to get into the SFL

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It's not great but I suppose it's a start. I think the split would happen after two rounds of fixtures rather than three.

26 games then the split with another 12 after it which would take us up to 38 games. Good idea about us getting players in the lower leagues. Would give them competitive football at an earlier age.

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What happens in cups though? In theory, Rangers could be drawn against Rangers 'B'.

Like Spain and Germany they wouldn't be allowed in the cups. Although in the copa del rey in 1980, Madrid drew their B team and won 6-1! Because Madrid had already qualified for the European cup because they won the league Madrid B got into the Cup Winners Cup! They played West Ham and actually beat them in the first leg, although got pumped in London.

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The only bit of restructuring that needs done is SPL 1 and SPL 2 - two leagues of 20. Play each other twice a year.

Share the wealth, let other teams get some of the gate receipts and save us playing shite like Hamilton or St Mirren upto 8 times including an additional top 6 split, and cups and replay.

But it would be like Turkeys voting for Christmas, that's the problem.

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