Alternative to SPFL Proposal
We were contacted by a happy lurker who has drawn up his own plans with regards the playoffs and was more than willing to have his mail published and dissected.
The good chap will be logging on at some stage to take onboard any and all comments regarding his proposal.
Firstly, it’s a pleasure to read your comments on your website, makes me smile as always!
I’m forwarding the message below (I’ve sent to Scots Fans Org, Dundee SLO) to share an alternative proposal to end the 19/20 season and declare champions etc.
This would allow Hearts a chance at avoiding instant relegation and the likes of ICT and Dundee a shot at promotion… Dundee Utd would get automatic promotion as champions.
All this null and void nonsense from the Sevco can be taken back to the sewer from where they crawl. UEFA needs definitive winners and league standings to allow UCL and UEL placements for 20/21.
I really hope UEFA actually grew a pair and carried out due diligence on the financial signs offs by SFA / SPFL …. Sevco do not have any legitimate claim to play in Europe after non disclosure of their accounts.
Back to the point in hand, giving the 41 proper teams a more fairer proposal is required:
The current SPFL proposal is not viable for teams who would have been in a strong position for promotion or potentially escaping relegation had the full fixtures been completed.
My suggestion, based on where we are today with no indication of when football will restart, is to propose play-offs, based on league position as it stands if the season cannot be completed with full fixture list, thus declaring Champions to each Scottish Division.
For Scottish Championship, League 1 and League 2, the Champions promoted automatically.
In terms of relegation and promotion, let’s use the Scottish Premier/Championship as the example:
Play off A: Winner of playoff A to face winner of playoff B for final place to determine 12th team in Scottish Premier for 20/21 season. Loser here will be in Championship for 20/21.
Otherwise we’d have 13 teams ( unless we relegate the zombie club! )
Play off B: 2nd/3rd Championship sides play off in one off tie (neutral venue) to decide winner who will go to play off C. Loser remains in Championship.
Play off C: Loser (play off A) v Winner (play off B) at neutral venue to decide who gets final premier place for season 20/21; loser in Championship.
This in principal could apply to the rest of the leagues below to ensure a more fairer attempt to avoid instant relegation and non promotion for high position teams.
Play offs could be implemented in July prior to new season KO.
I know Hamilton would probably have a gripe but they would have had to go through a play off if they had finished 11th after 38 games.
There is no easy solution but at least this one would give everyone a chance as they would have had upon completion of all the fixtures.
Having grown up in Scotland, it’s a wee bit embarrassing here in London to see how Scottish football can’t seem to organise anything and always appear to be a joke in the eyes of the press. Kind regards,