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It has been an historic week in Scottish football as 123 years of the Scottish Football League was voted to come to an end, writes Sarah McLean.

From the start of the 2013/14 season, the Scottish Premier League and SFL will become one body – the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL).

At the moment, generally not much will change following the reconstruction.

The main league structure will stay the same with the 12-10-10-10 format.

However, from 2014/15 the Highland and, formed for this coming season, Lowland leagues, will have opportunities for promotion into the Third Division.

Meanwhile, local clubs are continuing to build for the coming season.

Arbroath, who have so far been the most prolific as far as strengthening their squad is concerned, have signed defender Ricky Little from Queen’s Park.

The former Queen’s Park captain can be played at either right back or centre half and is undoubtedly a real coup for the Gayfield side.

Brechin boss Ray McKinnon has added a new midfielder to Glebe Park and has a few others set in his sights to bring to the club before the new season.

Former East Fife and Livingston player, Bobby Barr, has signed for City despite competition from several SFL clubs. Barr had previously played at the club on a loan spell under former manager Jim Duffy.

Likewise, Forfar and Montrose also have players in their sights and with the reconstruction vote eventually decided it is hoped that business will now be able to move forward.

Also this week, more pre-season fixtures have been announced.

Forfar Athletic have had to re-jig their pre-season plans slightly as Alloa Athletic pulled out of their fixture planned for July 11.

The Loons will instead play Turriff United on July 6 at Station Park.

A final pre-season fixture for July 20 is yet to be decided.

Arbroath have added one more fixture and they will travel to Edinburgh to play East of Scotland side, Craigroyston, on Saturday, July 6 at St Marks Park, Edinburgh.