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Brora Rangers and Kelty Hearts will get chance to play for promotion to League Two

By Will Clark

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BRORA Rangers will get the chance to play for promotion this season after the League Two play-offs have been given the go-ahead.

Brora Rangers player Dale Gillespie. Picture: Callum Mackay.
Brora Rangers player Dale Gillespie. Picture: Callum Mackay.

The Highland League champions will face Lowland League champions Kelty Hearts in a two-legged semi final.

The first leg will take place at Dudgeon Park on Tuesday at 7:45pm.

The second leg will take place at Kelty on Saturday, May 8 at 3pm.

The winner will face the club that finishes bottom of League Two in the two-legged final.

The governing and league bodies sought legal clarification, overseen by a judge, on the correct interpretation of the pyramid play-off competition Rules, which are embedded in the respective rules of each of the SPFL, the Scottish Highland and Lowland Football leagues.

A statement from the SPFL said having established that Brora Rangers and Kelty Hearts have been correctly identified as league champions of the Highland and Lowland Leagues respectively - and the SPFL having determined that they both satisfy its membership criteria - dates for both legs of the play-off match and the pyramid play-off match will be announced by the SPFL shortly.

Scottish FA chief executive Ian Maxwell said: “The principle of the Scottish football pyramid is of huge importance to the integrity of open competition.

"It was vital, given the implications for all three clubs, that the respective organisations took all practicable steps to ensure that the play-offs could take place.

“We are delighted that the decision by the judge corresponded with the view of the Scottish FA and provides the necessary clarity to the league bodies and certainty to those clubs affected.”

SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster said: “Like so many aspects of our sport, both the clubs and the SPFL have been in uncharted territory as a result of the disruption caused by COVID-19.

"We are 100 per cent committed to the principle of the sporting pyramid but were understandably keen to ensure that any decisions reached were both fair and in accordance with the rules and agreements of all four organisations.

“We therefore worked with the Scottish FA to conduct an arbitration in front of a senior judge and are very pleased that the position has been definitively clarified, and that this season’s pyramid play-off matches will proceed as normal.”

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