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Highland League champions Brora Rangers' chances of promotion to League 2 are thrown into doubt as SPFL considers several issues of pyramid play-offs


By Will Clark

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HIGHLAND League champions Brora Rangers could be denied the chance of promotion to League Two once again as the Scottish Professional Football League is considering 'several issues' over the pyramid system.

A meeting will take place on April 19.
A meeting will take place on April 19.

The SPFL announced it is considering several issues relating to the Pyramid Play-Offs and that, as a result, it is not in a position to announce dates for Pyramid Play-Off ties this season.

The SPFL board will determine at a meeting on Monday, April 19 whether Brora Rangers and Kelty Hearts meet the SPFL’s Membership Criteria.

In a statement, the SPFL said only then will the SPFL be in a position to announce the position in respect of Pyramid Play-Offs this season.

They said: “Given that there are a number of uncertainties, including whether League Two clubs will play 22 or 18 games this season, we are not in a position to announce dates for Pyramid Play-Off ties this season.

"Whilst we understand that this lack of certainty will be disappointing to supporters of Brora Rangers and Kelty Hearts, it is important that we are entirely fair to all clubs, including the SPFL club that finishes bottom of League Two this season.

"Our approach has always been to apply the rules that have been agreed by all member clubs, as well as the Pyramid Play-Off Rules agreed between the SPFL, the Scottish FA, the Lowland League and the Highland League, and we will do so again this season.”

Brora Rangers were crowned Highland League champions this season after just three games when the division was concluded early on the points per game system.

They were also denied the chance of promotion last season after winning the Highland League title due to the play-offs being scrapped.


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