SPFL asked the clubs to vote on a resolution that would immediately declare the league, league one and league two classification as final on an average basis of points per game. The same is true for the 12-team Premiership, but only beyond April 23 after the Uefa has asked member associations not to drop out of the leagues before this point.
A number of Scottish clubs are anxious to see funding for final rankings released by the league, with the SPFL so far adamant that can only happen when the season is finally over.
Friday at 5 p.m. – widely cited as the voting deadline – three out of 42 clubs did not vote. It is understood that the voting window is in fact 28 days, Friday being published for information only. Although the deficit is irrelevant in the context of the Premiership, League One and Two – where the necessary support votes have been submitted – the only remaining championship club will now determine the overall result.
“It is very important that clubs carefully consider the resolution and we thank the clubs that have already voted,” said a press release from the SPFL. “With the Premiership and leagues 1 and 2 each approving the resolution, we are awaiting the ballot from the only championship club that has not yet voted. We will provide an update as soon as we are able to do so. “
Nevertheless, the SPFL is about to convene a detailed consultation process on the restructuring of the league, aimed at appeasing dissenting voices. FBCL chief executive Neil Doncaster has previously and consistently been cool on reorganizing leagues, with the need for an 11-1 vote in favor of the Premiership also considered to be problematic.
A 14-team Premiership, as most likely, would save Heart of Midlothian’s relegation to a current position four points behind with eight games left. Hearts owner Ann Budge is a 14-team league advocate, with an annual breakdown of eight and six.
Inverness would be promoted to the top league alongside Dundee United. Partick Thistle would remain in the second level and Falkirk would join Raith Rovers to move from Ligue 1. The SPFL could even choose to keep its pyramid model by promoting clubs in the Highland and Lowland leagues to form the 10 teams in Ligue 2.