Pundit Michael Stewart has been left annoyed by the SPFL’s handling of the ongoing crisis in Scottish football and is pushing for significant league reconstruction, writing in his Scottish Sun column.
Celtic, like every other club in Scotland, have been waiting on the official outcome of a vote last week on SPFL board proposals.
Stewart has firmly been in the camp of those opposed to those plans, which would help bring an end to the 2019/20 season and potentially relegate clubs such as Hearts and Partick Thistle.
The outspoken pundit feels relegating anyone right now, in the midst of the ongoing public health crisis, is incredibly harsh.
The former Hibs and Hearts man is adamant that the Premiership needs to consider a game-changing step – making it a 14-team division.
Writing in today’s edition of The Scottish Sun, Stewart explained: “The SPFL proposal has led to a lot of bitterness. People from various clubs believe it is unjust.
“Playing the games would end these arguments and if that’s not possible, then you call the league and reconstruct. You scrap relegation and promote two teams up from every division, increasing the Premiership to 14.”
“That idea was floated at the weekend and I heard people say, ‘Certain clubs won’t vote for it because it’s two more mouths to feed’. There you get to the nub of the issue. It’s all about self-interest, even in a pandemic.
“The same clubs that are criticising rivals for looking after themselves will just be doing the same thing.”
It seems that this take is growing in popularity, with Dundee’s statement today confirming that they are currently in reconstruction discussions while they consider which way to vote on the current proposals.
Hearts have also called for something they’ve dubbed a ‘temporary adjustment’ to the leagues.
If Partick Thistle can also be tempted into also backing reconstruction then clubs could quickly start to come to some sort of agreement that brings clarity to Scottish football this summer.
However, can the Premiership be persuaded on an 11-1 basis to change the way the league season plays out on a permanent basis?
That’s the big hurdle, that might not be very realistic, regardless of what Stewart says.