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Highland League "disappointed and frustrated" with end to SPFL reconstruction talks


By Chris Saunderson

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THE Highland League has expressed its "disappointment" at the break down of SPFL reconstruction talks on Friday.

The Brora Rangers players won't now earn promotion to the SPFL.
The Brora Rangers players won't now earn promotion to the SPFL.

No consensus could be found for a way forward at a meeting of top flight clubs plus Dundee United.

A 15-strong reconstruction group had been looking at ways to restructure Scottish football with a possible 14-14-16 three league set up an option, which would have seen Highland League champions Brora Rangers and Lowland League champions Kelty Hearts promoted to the SPFL.

However, it appears that the Premiership clubs don't want change and restructuring looks to be off the table now.

In a statement, the Scottish Highland Football League said: "Today’s news that the current work towards SPFL league reconstruction has been brought to an abrupt and arbitrary halt is disappointing and frustrating in equal measure.

"This year, albeit in difficult circumstances, the SPFL had its first opportunity since the introduction of the Scottish Football Pyramid to meaningfully embrace the spirit of the pyramid. It is a matter of great regret that the SPFL has chosen to turn away from that.

"All associated with the Highland League share the undoubted disenchantment that will be felt by Brora Rangers and Kelty Hearts."


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