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2nd-tier Scottish clubs plan breakaway

May 4, 2013

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — An “overwhelming majority” of second-tier clubs in Scotland want to split from the country’s football league and join an expanded Scottish Premier League for next season.

The SPL released a statement saying it has received a letter from clubs “expressing a desire to be admitted to” Scotland’s top division for the 2013-14 campaign.

The letter will be put before top-tier clubs Tuesday with discussions following “how best to take forward the game in this country.”

Scotland is looking to restructure its four-division league system to increase competitiveness. Currently, there are three divisions under the SPL that are run by the Scottish Football League.

Rangers, the 54-time Scottish champion which was demoted to the bottom tier last year because of financial mismanagement, will be playing in the third division next season.

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