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11 Apr 2018 17:58:11
What is the point of the split? I've never understood. The SPL should be increased to 16 teams playing each other twice. Simple. Promote the top four from the Championship for next season. We play the unwashed in the 2nd game which could still be the game in which they win the league, so doh! However, the unwashed have been given 3 home games but two games in Edinburgh. All is not lost yet however, you never know!

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11 Apr 2018 18:18:16
If we play each other only twice there will be no money. The money the spl get is basically for the four old firm games.

11 Apr 2018 18:49:38
Sky would pull plug on only 2 old firm games they want 4 spfl want 4 as it only with to full there pockets full of sky. s money why winning championships you win coppers

11 Apr 2018 19:57:48
I totally get the 4 OF games but surely it can't be fair that Hearts (and I am by no means a fan of theirs) have to play 20 away games and 18 home games because they have no European place to play for. How can everybody not just play each other 4 times (2 home and 2 aeay) and do away with the stupid split? There would still be 4 OF games for tv. It is the only fair system

11 Apr 2018 21:53:18
I've said for a while it should be 16. Play every team twice then have the top 8 play each other. Game should be held at the home of team that won the previous 2 games on aggregate. Same with bottom 8. 37 game league and pretty much guaranteed 3 old firm games . If it's a draw on aggregate after 2nd game then away goals or a penalty shoot out to decide. Adds some interest to first 2 games also

11 Apr 2018 22:42:19
I personally like the split. I think it keeps it interesting with teams playing the team's around them at the end of the season.

However the Sky argument doesn't hold water for me. They walked away from Scottish football a long time ago. The current deal is absolutely shocking and teams would be better off if it was ripped up, they would sell more tickets with people actually going back to games instead of watching them on the telly. Teams obviously like to "listen to the fans", so if the fans want a 16 then fine but you would still have a split because 30 games is too few.

In terms of old firm games, the other thing we could do is seed the cup competitions like tennis, where seed 1 goes on one side and seed 2 goes on the other side of the draw so that the top two seeds are seperated from each other until the final. This doesn't guarantee an old firm cup final but does increase the odds which TV and sponsors would like.

11 Apr 2018 22:57:05
I think they should increase to 14 teams and split after they’ve played each other twice, then a further 2 games home and away for the top and bottom 7, 38 games total and no one misses out or feels aggrieved regarding fixtures. The Other 3 leagues should merge into 2 as well to give 3 leagues of 14 with 2 up, 2 down and playoffs for a potential 3rd promotion.

11 Apr 2018 23:15:06
Like it Wee Bear👏Makes far more sense than the current format.

12 Apr 2018 11:21:01
@CFBear - you would then have to share gate receipts as 1 team could have 22 home games and another only 15!

12 Apr 2018 14:21:18
Wee Bear, yours is a suggestion I had published in a daily newspaper two years ago. It's the way forward.



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