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Highland League season is over as Brora Rangers crowned champions

By Will Clark

BRORA Rangers have been declaredHighland League champions after officials announced the season over.

Brora Rangers are crowned Highland League champions. Picture: Gary Anthony
Brora Rangers are crowned Highland League champions. Picture: Gary Anthony

League officials met today and came to the agreement to conclude the 2019-20 season on the date that football activity in Scotland was suspended on Friday, March 13.

Officials agreed to declare Brora Rangers Highland League champions giving the Cattachs their third title and Steven Mackay his first league championship as manager.

Before the season was suspended, Brora Rangers were 13 points ahead of Inverurie Locos in second place with eight games left to play.

Brora Rangers first won the Highland League in the 2013-14 season and successfully defended the title in the 2014-15 campaign both under former manager Davie Kirkwood.

It is the second trophy Brora Rangers have won this season, having won the North of Scotland Cup in October when they beat Caley Thistle 3-2 in the final.

Clachnacuddin end the campaign in 15th place on 16 points having won only four games this season.

Nairn County finish the season in eighth place having had 12 matches remaining to complete the campaign. Their last match was a 6-0 defeat against Formartine United on SAturday, FErbuary 8.

They have also reached the semi final of the Highland League Cup when they were set to face Buckie Thistle last Saturday, 24 hours after football was suspended in Scotland.

It is not yet known if Brora Rangers will be given the opportunity to gain promotion to League Two with the Scottish FA still to determine what will happen to the rest of the season for the four national leagues.

As things stand, the Highland League champions will face the Lowland League champions in the play-off semi final with the winner facing the bottom side from League Two for a place in that division next season.

A statement from the Highland League said there are no plans as to when the 2020/21 season will begin.

They said: "The league therefore goes into a form of hibernation until such time as football resumes after the Covid-19 pandemic passes.

"At that time, the possibilities for creating meaningful competitions in season 2020-2021 will be considered and that, in turn, will depend on when resumption takes place."

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