Published: 17/01/2014 10:33 - Updated: 17/01/2014 10:46

Warning after two-tier idea booted out

Written byChris Saunderson

THE Highland League has to change and introducing a promotion scrap in a second division would have been an exciting step forward, says Rothes chairman Robbie Thomson.

Keith president Sandy Stables' Highland League reconstruction proposals have been rejected.
Keith president Sandy Stables' Highland League reconstruction proposals have been rejected.

However, the Speyside club were among just a handful who supported a proposal for a two-tier Highland League with promotion, relegation and play-offs.

The man behind the plan was Keith president Sandy Stables who had suggested two leagues of 10 teams, bringing two new teams into the set up for the 2015-16-season.

He felt this would have added extra excitement to the Highland League with promotion and relegation between the leagues.

However, the move was dismissed at a meeting of the Highland League management committee in Lossiemouth last Thursday.

Rothes’ counterpart Thomson believes rejection of the plan was a missed opportunity.

“Rothes were all for it. There are at least eight teams in the Highland League who cannot compete financially with the bigger teams.

“I think this would have made the season more exciting and have brought more people to the games.

“Scottish football has had to change and I think the Highland League will have to change,” he added.

Full story in Northern Scot print version.
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