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Elgin City chairman Graham Tatters feels 42 clubs is enough for SPFL and league reconstruction can be put on hold until clubs know they can survive

By Craig Christie

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NOW is not the time to change the structure of Scottish football, says Elgin City chairman Graham Tatters.

Elgin City chairman Graham Tatters
Elgin City chairman Graham Tatters

Following the acceptance of an SPFL resolution to end the season now for the three lower divisions, a 15-strong reconstruction group was formed to weigh up options for reshaping the leagues in time for the next campaign.

The favoured option seems to be a 14-10-10-10 structure with an expanded Premiership, no relegation and the promotion of both Highland League winners Brora Rangers and Lowland League champs Kelty Hearts.

But Tatters believes with the extended break from football and no revenue coming in to clubs, many will struggle to survive and preserving their future is more important than looking to alter the set-up at present.

“It just seems to be it’s a knee-jerk reaction and we could end up fudging it,” he said. “It’s a thing that is going to take a long time.

“We’ve heard so many people coming up with options about three leagues of 14 or making the Premiership bigger and bringing in more teams at the bottom.

“But there’s 42 clubs and I feel that 42 clubs trying to play professional football in Scotland is a lot. There’s not a big pot of money to go round so to me, bringing in more is not a good idea at the moment.

“Once we get back to playing football and we get some stability again, we can start talking. But to talk about reconstruction now when we don’t know how many teams are going to survive and we don’t know what state they are going to be in if they do survive, how can you do that? You might find some clubs just fade away.”

The reconstruction group is led by the Hearts and Hamilton chairs and includes Highland and Lowland League representatives.

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