A New Structure for Scottish Football

The recent plans for reconstruction of the Scottish league have been… interesting. Groups of 12-12-18 then splitting into 8-8-8-18 towards the end of the season. Yeah, okay.

Here’s an alternative plan I’ve been mucking around with. It’s not ideal and I’ve no clue about the money situation but I think it’d make things more interesting. Feel free to chip in with comments.

3 League Tiers

Ditch the 3rd division and restructure to 3 tiers of 14.

With the teams as they stand now, this would give:

Premier LeagueFirst DivisionSecond Division
 Celtic Falkirk Ayr Utd.
 Motherwell Livingston Stranraer
 Inverness CT Hamilton East Fife
 St Johnstone Raith Rovers Albion
 Ross County Dumbarton Rangers
 Dundee Utd. Cowdenbeath Peterhead
 Aberdeen Dunfermline Queen’s Park
 Hearts Airdrie Utd. Berwick
 Kilmarnock Queen of the South Elgin
 Hibernian Alloa Montrose
 St Mirren Brechin Stirling
 Dundee Forfar Annan Athletic
 Partick Thistle Abroath Clyde
 Morton Stenhousemuir East Stirling

Each team would play each other twice, home and away, to give 26 league games in a season. This is a bit short of what we have at the moment, so how do we make up the difference?

Cup Competition

League Cup – gone. We don’t need it any more.

Scottish Cup – restructure to Champions League style.

The New Scottish Cup

8 groups of 6 teams, drawn freely from all divisions plus 6 from the non-league qualifying teams. I suppose it could be seeded if that was preferred.

Play each other twice, home and away. This gives every team 10 cup matches taking their total guaranteed games for the season up to 36 (26 league + 10 cup).

The top two from each group (16 in total) would progress through to a knockout stage the same as we have now.

Benefits of the New System

This is what I like about this structure:


You’re not watching your team play the same teams again and again. In your league, you’ll play 13 different teams. With cup matches, that could extend to 18 different teams even if you don’t progress.

An Exciting Cup Competition

For the teams in the lower divisions, it gives a good chance to get a cup run and play against teams in higher divisions rather than just have the one game and get eliminated.

Also, with the early stages incorporated into the league schedule, you avoid having mid-week journeys all over the country for evening games.

No League Splitting

Does anyone actually want the yearly split?

Over to You

Anyway, as I said, this gives no consideration to money issues. If you’ve got any ideas for changes, feel free to chip in below.

I’ve not really given any thought to promotion/relegation either as that doesn’t really affect the structure. Again, let me know what you think would work best.