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Hearts' plan for a Scottish league revamp has little backing



Ann Budge. Photo: Getty Images

Ann Budge. Photo: Getty Images

Getty Images

Ann Budge. Photo: Getty Images

Clubs will discuss Scottish league reconstruction proposals next week but Hearts owner Ann Budge's plans already look doomed to fail.

Budge has suggested changing the structure from four to three divisions, each with 14 clubs, for two seasons.

The plans were discussed at a Scottish Professional Football League meeting but it is the clubs who will determine their fate and there appears little prospect of success.

Budge, who is aiming to save Hearts from relegation, will need the backing of 11 of the 12 Premiership clubs and 75 per cent of the remainder.

However, top-flight clubs ended earlier discussions on the same topic and the new proposals have received an underwhelming response.

Following an SPFL board meeting, a league spokesman said: "The board has now received Ann Budge's paper to clubs on the topic of league reconstruction.

"As these matters are ultimately decided by clubs via a democratic process, we will now facilitate a series of divisional meetings, starting with the Premiership on Monday, at which all 42 clubs will have the chance to discuss the proposals in detail."

Meanwhile, Ianis Hagi revealed he dismissed interest from elsewhere before agreeing to sign a long-term deal with Rangers. Genk announced on Tuesday night that Rangers had taken up their option to sign the 21-year-old.

Hagi netted three goals in 12 games after arriving from Belgium on loan earlier this year.

The Romania international said: "There was interest from other clubs, but my priority was always to return to Glasgow and play for Rangers."

Belfast Telegraph