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Plans to introduce relegation from Highland League from 2020-21 season


By Jonathan Clark

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THE Highland League is working on plans to introduce relegation starting next season.

The league's secretary Rod Houston told the Northern Scot talks have been ongoing and plans are at an advanced stage.

Details are yet to be ironed out, with the uncertainty surrounding football in Scotland just now delaying the process.

But plans could give teams from the North Caledonian League and the North Region Junior Superleague the chance to replace clubs finishing towards the bottom of the Highland League.

Moray clubs Rothes and Lossiemouth have both finished bottom of the Highland League in recent years. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Moray clubs Rothes and Lossiemouth have both finished bottom of the Highland League in recent years. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

Rod Houston said: "We should be able to get this in place for the 2020-21 season.

"We have met with the relevant organisations and the matter has been discussed consistently for some time. We still have to finalise the operational details.

"These clubs would then have the same opportunity we want our league to have in terms of gaining promotion."

Uncertainty still surrounds the immediate future of both the North Caledonian League and the North Region Junior season. Both remain suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus crisis.

Before any decision is made regarding promotion and relegation from next season, some clarity surrounding this season final tables will be necessary.

Clubs gaining promotion would have to meet SHFL requirements.

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