AMBITIOUS Scottish Junior Football Association beaks have drawn up alternative plans for a new league structure which would tie the game to the pyramid system, writes Stewart McConnell.

This comes as an increasing number of clubs have expressed interest in proposals from the Lowland League to form a new West of Scotland League outwith the junior set-up.

The revamped new set-up would be administered by the SJFA West Region and allow an opportunity for the top clubs to challenge for a place in the lower senior leagues from the Premiership.

And beaks are to go round clubs trying to interest them in it.

The plans are aimed at helping preserve junior football in the west, with a host of east teams leaving to join the Lowland League in the last few seasons.

SJFA secretary Tom Johnston (pictured far right_ said: “Under the new set up we would still have the Premiership, Championship, League One and League Two as we have at the moment.

“But there would be the opportunity for a pathway into the senior football lower leagues.

“Our league would be open only to junior teams.

“ I’m not sure what the Lowland League plans are but we would not have any amateur teams.

“It might be that not everyone would want to be part of this.

“But we plan go round the clubs in the near future to discuss it with them.

“Hopefully they will be supportive of it. We have been working hard on the proposals.”

The Lowland League on Monday night issued a statement on their progress.

It read: “Following the passing of the date for clubs to note an interest in the proposed WoSFL, we can confirm that a total of 48 clubs from all grades have submitted emails thus far, asking to be kept informed of further developments.