Plans for new 14-team Scottish Premiership “dead in the water”

Motherwell last played at Hearts on March 7 (Pic by Ian McFadyen)Motherwell last played at Hearts on March 7 (Pic by Ian McFadyen)
Motherwell last played at Hearts on March 7 (Pic by Ian McFadyen)
Reconstruction plans which could have seen Motherwell FC playing in an expanded 14-team Ladbrokes Premiership next season have been scrapped.

A 15-person league reconstruction working group – co-chaired by Hearts owner Ann Budge and Hamilton Accies chief Les Gray – had been looking at the possibility of moving towards a 14-10-10-10 or a 14-14-14 set-up.

But those plans now appear to be dead in the water after Premiership clubs indicated there isn’t enough support for the proposed changes at this time.

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The move means that Budge’s Hearts – four points adrift at the bottom of the Premiership with eight games remaining when football was suspended in March – face being relegated to the Championship if the 2019-20 campaign is ended prematurely due to the coronavirus crisis.

At a meeting of the 12 top tier clubs, some decided now was not the time to focus on reconstruction, with the immediate priority being to get back to playing football.

Motherwell – who last played in a 1-1 draw at Hearts on March 7 – were third after 30 games and occupied the second Europa League qualifying first round slot.

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