FITBA #1: Time to merge our clubs and shrink our league



In what will be looked at as a controversial idea, Nathan MacKenzie says it is time to merge our clubs and shrink Scotland’s top league.

EXCERPT – THE recent league reconstruction debate in Scottish football has polarised opinion across all sections of our national game. The fans want more clubs in Scotland’s top tier; the men in suits want less. Fans don’t want to play the same teams four times every season; the men in suits want Scotland’s top clubs to play each other as many times as possible every season.

At the moment it looks like we are at an impasse where any decision made will be an unpopular decision. So I offer a solution to this. It might not necessarily be a popular solution however if we are to look at similar examples across the world it might be one which could bring back the glory days for Scottish football.

In order to improve and compete again against the top nations in Europe then Scottish football has to make a number of uncomfortable but necessary decisions.

Decision number one is the Scottish football authorities have to come together to become one organisation. For such a small country we don’t need several different organisations poking their finger into an ever decreasing pie. Combine not just the SPL and SFL but the SFA and Junior, Amateur and Welfare sides of our game. We should have one governing body in Scottish football.

Decision number two is Scotland has to create a smaller top league containing our biggest and best clubs. Our current 12 team set up is too big and awkward. What is needed is a league of ten teams playing each other four times a season similar to the current First Division set up.

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About Author


Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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