BBC Scotland pundit Michael Stewart has laid out his preference for the Scottish top-flight next season, feeling Celtic’s division should be made into a 14-team league, writing in a Twitter thread this evening.
The former Hearts man also thinks that the top team in all four SPFL division should be crowned champions in the event that the 2019/20 season must end early.
That would obviously make Neil Lennon’s Celtic officially nine-in-a-row heroes.
He also reckons there should be a top and bottom seven split next term, allowing Dundee United and Inverness CT to join the top-flight and saving cash hit Hearts from the drop.
Writing on Twitter, he said: “I’m really starting to warm to the idea of a 14 team Premiership. Split into top 7 & bottom 7 after 26 games and then play another 12 games. 2 automatically relegated and a play off spot for the 3rd bottom placed team.
“More bigger games at the top of the table and potentially more change of teams going down and coming up to keep things fresh with more opportunities for Championship sides to get into the top flight.
“There would still be 4 games between the top sides, so that avoids any reluctance from sponsors and we avoid the imbalance of post spilt fixtures because there would be home and away games.”
Asked by a supporter what his preference was for determining champions should the season not be restarted, he would go on to Tweet: “For me IF we can’t finish the season, and at the moment we simply can’t say yet, then I’d be crowning the teams top of all the leagues champions.”
On the face of things, it’s not a bad shout from Stewart.
Not only does it ensure an equal split of fixtures but protects a four-game Celtic vs Rangers derby season, which is no doubt imperative to the league’s new exclusive broadcast partners, Sky.
It also solves the question of who’d be champions, as well as protecting any teams from an unfair relegation.
Obviously there are many hurdles ahead before clubs accept such a radical shake-up to Scottish football but it’s perhaps an option that can be more seriously explored over the coming weeks and months.