Alan Hutton has supported the idea of a 14-team Scottish Premiership next season but Rangers chiefs are deeply unhappy at the prospect.
The former Scotland international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted it represents one of the fairest solutions if the current season cannot be completed.
As revealed by Football Insider, the possibility of a 14-team league has left Rangers officials fuming with the club still at loggerheads with the SPFL over last week’s “voting debacle”.
The proposal would see the season end with immediate effect but no teams would be relegated – potentially incredible news for bottom-of-the-table Hearts.
Instead, the top-flight would include 14 teams next season with two being promoted from the Scottish Championship in what would be an unprecedented moment in Scottish football.
When asked by Football Insider if he supports the proposal for an expanded top-flight next year, Hutton said: “They are going to make a massive call. One that has never been done before and it has to be the best for all parties and that is the difficult part.
“You cannot just relegate somebody. So are they going to make a change to the league? More teams in the league? I think it is a fair way of doing it. I do not think you can relegate people because there is too much of the season still to be played. That is a non-starter.
“You can move the teams up into the league and at the end of that season there could be more relegations to get it back down the number that they want. There is definitely room for more teams to go in. It is not a massive league. There is room to bring two more teams in.”
The Gers have proposed a plan that would see prize money distributed now, via interest-free loans, to ensure the financial stability of clubs while we wait for a suitable time for the current campaign to be completed.
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