Lowland League side Kelty Hearts have written to the SPFL following legal advice, regarding the decision to deny them potential promotion to Scottish League Two, STV journalist Raman Bhardwaj reports this evening.
Understand Kelty Hearts, following legal advice, have written to SFA/SPFL re door closed to potential promotion. Kelty, from what I hear, up for challenging this all the way
— Raman Bhardwaj (@STVRaman_) May 17, 2020
Ordinarily, as winners of the Lowland League, Kelty would have been due to play Highland League champions Brora Rangers in a play-off to determine who faces off against the bottom-placed side in League Two in another play-off that would ultimately determine who features in the fourth-tier next term.
That team ended up being Brechin City but the SPFL have taken the decision that play-offs could not be completed this season due to the ongoing health crisis.
That means Brechin won’t be relegated out of the SPFL and no fresh club will be coming into the 42-team set-up.
However, as reported by Bhardwaj, it now appears that Kelty Hearts are so upset that legal advice has been sought and they are now willing to take their grievance ‘all the way’.
The club had previously released a joint statement with Brora putting across their ‘extreme disappointment’ that recent league reconstruction talks had failed.
It means that despite being on the brink of naming Celtic champions in the Scottish Premiership and potentially putting all the recent drama behind them, the SPFL could be embroiled in a new chapter of this saga.
Ultimately it’s hard to see how this would impact directly on Celtic but anything that takes the SPFL’s focus away from getting football back both safely and viable financially isn’t ideal.
What Kelty hope to achieve from this latest step is unknown but it’s hard to see how play-offs can take place in time for a new season.
As with every facet of this ongoing SPFL drama, it’s worth keeping an eye on.