Scottish Championship could expand to 12 teams for 2020-21 as part of shake-up

By Brian McLauchlinBBC Scotland
Ross County celebrate
Ross County lifted the Championship trophy this season

The Scottish Championship could be a 12-team league for the 2020-21 season under a potential league shake-up.

Prolonged talks have taken place between Scottish Professional Football League clubs over expanding the Scottish second tier by two teams.

Discussed proposals include adding two colts team to make a 44-club pyramid or merging Leagues One and Two.

The set-up could result in Championship sides playing each other four times across 44 games per season.

It is understood discussions have taken place and that, if agreed at this season's SPFL annual meeting, new measures could be in place in just over a year's time.

The current system has been in place for six years.

To facilitate a potential change to the structure of the Scottish game, options that are being considered include:

  • No relegation from next season's Championship, with the top two teams in League One receiving automatic promotion.
  • Retaining Leagues One and Two in their current format with one club from the Highland League and one from the Lowland League entering.
  • Introducing two colt teams from Premiership clubs.

A spokesperson for the SPFL said: "We always want to ensure fans enjoy competitions that are dramatic, exciting and compelling - just as this season's Championship has been.

"Whilst we regularly review our competition formats, there are currently no plans to change the format of the Championship."

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