GLF 17: reCONstruction time again

Last updated : 07 August 2017 By GLF

A change of leagues


The prospect of making a sixteen team premier league to save Aberdeen is dreadful. If we did this every time a club failed to make the premier league's standard then our top division would have about thirty teams in it right now. The Scottish league are moving the goalposts because one of the teams with quality players (even though the haven't played well and everyone has agreed to the rules at the start of the season) are in danger of getting relegated to make way for a club who worked hard for a season. They should make way for Raith Rovers the Coca-Cola cup champions or Airdre who reached the semi finals of both major tournaments and won the B&Q cup.

At the same time a sixteen team top division IS the way forward but it should be brought in for the good of the game and not in the interests of one club. The reason for changing so soon, is that playing each other four times a season gets clubs too "familiarized" with each other. It would also reduce the strain on your pocket with fewer league games and offer more variety to the paying public. Who wants to see a contest of who can hit the ball furthest in one single kick, four times a year between Falkirk and Partick Thistle? Okay, you might get one or maybe two entertaining games for your eight or nine quids worth if you choose the one at the right time. The league setup should be like this and even if a biggish club get relegated; stick with it for a while:

Premier First Second
Motherwell St Mirren Albion Rovers
Rangers Stirling Albion Brechin
Hibs Stranraer Montrose
Celtic Meadowbank* Berwick
Falkirk Morton Cowdenbeath
Dundee United  Ayr  Alloa
 Hearts  Forfar  Queen of the South
 Aberdeen  Clydebank  East Fife
 Kilmarnock  Stenhousemuir  East Stirling
 Partick Thistle  Clyde  Arbroath
 Airdrie  Queen's Park  Inverness Caley Thistle
 Dunfermline  Ross County  Dunbarton
 St Johnstone    
Raith Rovers    

 *are changing to Livingston FC for the start of next season


Derek Wilson

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