Celtic legend Kenny Dalglish has warned that the credibility of the SPFL is at stake this week as clubs get ready to discuss the reconstruction of the four divisions, writing in his Sunday Post column.
Hearts owner Ann Budge has put forward proposals that would temporarily realign the SPFL into a 14-14-14 set-up for two seasons in an effort to prevent the Tynecastle outfit dropping into the Scottish Championship.
However, Dalglish reckons that even if reconstruction is voted through by clubs this week, there is still a case for the Jam Tarts to be dumped into the second-tier.
As quoted by The Sunday Post, he said: “Neil Lennon will try to lead his team to 10-in-a-row. Steven Gerrard and his men will be doing everything in their power to stop it. At this moment, they don’t know if they will be part of a 12 or 14-team league set-up.
“Ann Budge is charging on with her plans for reconstruction. She is within her rights to try to fight for Hearts. But if there was to be a new set-up of 14, then why shouldn’t Hearts still be relegated and Inverness Caley Thistle and Dundee join Dundee United in promotion?
“If Celtic are deserving champions – and they are – then surely Hearts deserve to go down? Anything else takes away the credibility of the SPFL.”
At this point reconstruction looks doomed to failure with multiple clubs making public their plan to vote against any formal proposal (The Daily Record).
Celtic will likely be playing in another league of 12 next season, without the usual visit to Tynecastle that provides a good day out for supporters.
We’ve enjoyed some magical days and nights there in the past and the Edinburgh Derby can be a spectacle but they simply haven’t been good enough this season to earn the right to play these big matches next term.
Instead of trying to radically alter the Scottish league against the wishes of an apparent majority, they should be busy preparing for life in the second-tier and bouncing back, as they have done before in recent history.