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Weather puts pay to discussions on reforms to Scottish football

Discussions with leading clubs over wide-ranging reforms of the Scottish game will be deferred until the New Year. The Scottish Premier League postponed Monday's scheduled general meeting following the Arctic weather conditions which have decimated the fixture programme and disrupted travel across Scotland.

Proposals for a two-tier SPL, with 10 teams in each division, and changes to the calendar were set to be put to all 12 Clydesdale Bank Premier League clubs on Monday but the SPL have now rearranged the meeting for January 4. All top-flight clubs have been involved in the 10 or so meetings at some stage, discussing how to overhaul the Scottish game.

The radical plans would mean a 36-match league season and the removal of the split, which has caused numerous controversies due to the anomalies in fixtures.

One automatic promotion place would be supplemented by play-offs between the ninth-placed team in the top tier and three teams in the second tier.

Those changes are unlikely to come into force straight away but a July start date, coupled with a winter break, could be introduced next season ahead of reconstruction.

The Scottish Football League have been incorporated in the talks, as have the Scottish Football Association.

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