Around the grounds

With the dust (hopefully) starting to settle after last week’s meetings at Hampden over league re-construction it’s not long to go now before the season begins.

The new Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) was finally ratified by Scotland’s 42 senior clubs last week.

So now the Scottish Premier League (SPL) and the Scottish Football League (SFL) will be merged.

The talks took about 15 hours, and included a number of adjournments as lawyers went over the financial details of the merger.

The new set-up will see the current 12-10-10-10 structure remain, under one organisation, with the introduction of play-offs and a new financial redistribution model.

The SPFL’s board comprises three members from the top-tier clubs, two from the second tier and one person representing the bottom 20 clubs.

The board members are Eric Riley (Celtic), Stephen Thompson (Dundee United), Duncan Fraser (Aberdeen), Les Gray (Hamilton), Mike Mulraney (Alloa) and Bill Darroch (Stenhousemuir).

Now the former chief executives of the SPL and SFL, Neil Doncaster and David Longmuir, respectively, will be interviewed for the top job at the SPFL.

Meanwhile, pre-season starts for many clubs this week with the Angus clubs all having friendlies lined up for this coming Saturday (July 6).

Forfar Athletic will welcome Highland League side Turriff United to Station Park.

Brechin City will be away (as are all their pre-season games due to ground improvements being made at Glebe Park) to Cove Rangers.

Arbroath will travel to Edinburgh to play East of Scotland side, Craigroyston at St Marks Park.

And last but not least, Montrose will be at home to Inverurie Locos.

The Ramsdens Cup draw for the first round was held on Friday morning at Hampden.

Forfar Athletic were the only Angus club to get a home draw and they will host East Fife on Saturday, July 27.

Brechin City are away to third division side Peterhead and Arbroath also drew away to Stenhousemuir.

Montrose will make the journey north to face Elgin City.