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Ex-SFA chief Smith calls for fans to 'grasp' possible restructure

Former Scottish Football Association chief executive Gordon Smith hopes supporters can get behind a proposed restructuring of the current league climate.

The SFA want to reconfigure the setup of the Scottish Premier League and Scottish Football League and Smith suggests splitting two leagues of 12 teams in three leagues of eight, just like Austria and Switzerland used to do, can have great benefit.

"I played under this system in Austria and Switzerland and I think it's quite exciting," said the former Rangers, Admira Wacker and FC Basel man.

"If you have a 12-team league, this is a better way of splitting it.

"In the first half of the season teams want to avoid being in the bottom four and teams fight like mad to do so.

"In Austria, I was fortunate to play in the top eight and get a European place.

"In Switzerland, I was in the middle eight and every game was like a cup final.

"You were desperate to win every match and it became very, very exciting. I don't understand why people can't grasp that."

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