Scottish Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan has revealed that top flight clubs have dug into their pockets to help save the state of the Scottish game.
Yesterdayâ€™s meeting at Scottish footballâ€™s headquarters, Hampden, revealed a new league setup in a 12-18-18 club system which will see a merger of the Scottish Premier League and Scottish Football League, a reallocation of income, the introduction of play-offs and a pyramid structure.
Regan says SPL clubs have backed the new format which will be finalised if 75% of clubs accept it at a meeting later this month.
â€śIt is a new dawn, I think you would say, for Scottish football,â€ť Regan said.
â€śWhat has encouraged me most is that both sides have made concessions in order to make this happen.
â€śSPL clubs have given up a substantial seven-figure sum that is going to be shared through the rest of the game.
â€śAlso the Scottish Football League have agreed to open up for the first time ever â€“ subject to club consultation â€“ and introduce a pyramid for the game.
â€śBoth of those are huge concessions and they indicate there is a desire to change.
â€śThey are massive steps forward for the game. There is a lot of work still to be done and the clubs need to be taken through the detail.
â€śA plan will be worked out collectively before the end of the month and presented to clubs for their views.â€ť