Scottish football reconstruction is on the agenda and Marc Eadie has the perfect way to get the game going again.
By Marc Eadie – @Eadie84
You’ll be hard pushed to find a fan of Scottish football who’ll say that they are happy with the current league format and doesn’t feel the need to see changes introduced. Today, another meeting takes place at Hampden to further discuss possibilities on improving the Scottish game, but realism and idealism are poles apart.
The current structure of 12 Scottish Premier League teams in a top division followed by three divisions of 10 Scottish Football League teams is generally unwanted by fans. The main argument is that the formula is boring and facing the same side four times a season plays a large part in this. It is ridiculous to face a team four times plus the possibility of a further two ties in the cups – as was so often the case with Celtic and Rangers when the latter were an SPL side. It completely takes the excitement out of matches as the build up becomes so saturated and tiresome.
The two possible avenues for change are a restructured 12–12–18 or a 16-10-16, with the first being the more realistic option. For me, however, there has to be more than 12 teams in the top flight and they have to play each other no more than twice in the league. My preference is for a 16-team top flight with a two up two down scenario at the end of the season. I really think the teams throughout Scotland do not have that much difference in class and as a result it wouldn’t be clear-cut who would go up and down each year; which would add a factor of excitement. Only having one home game against each club would add more value to the occasion and create better build up and atmosphere too.
I’m not optimistic this format will be put into place though and I can see financial implications outweighing everything else, and understandably so from the point of view of the clubs, but I can always hope.
How would you hope Scottish football could change? Tweet us @talkingbaws or comment below. Watch out for Nicky Boyle’s blog tomorrow.