League One and Two clubs are set to put the final nail in Ann Budge’s reconstruction bid.
The Hearts owner has put forward a controversial 14-14-14 plan that she believes is the best route to take the game forward.
But she's struggling to get the majority she needs from the Championship and Record Sport can reveal that she won’t get it from the bottom two tiers.
Budge must gain support from 15 of the 20 League One and Two teams, who vote as one bloc, but there are already more than five clubs who are opposed to her controversial plan.
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Elgin City, Stenhousemuir, Peterhead, Forfar, Cowdenbeath and League Two champions Cove Rangers are all firmly against the plan – which would be looked again at 2022.
Cove are unhappy that they would be denied promotion while League One clubs Peterhead, Clyde, Forfar and Stranraer would all drop down to the bottom tier under the new proposal.
Other clubs in League Two are also concerned that a shortened season could result in relegation out of the senior ranks, with the pyramid system set to open up again.
Some of these clubs have already written to the Scottish Professional Football League to strongly protest over the proposal.
SPFL figures behind the scenes are trying to influence clubs to vote for the proposal but it still looks to end in disappointment for Budge.
The Tynecastle supremo is hopeful of getting a majority from the Premiership for a temporary reconstruction but below that her grand plan looks to be left in tatters, with Hearts heading to the Championship.
There are set to be a number of divisional meetings starting on Monday with the Premiership and then the Championship, with Leagues One and Two to follow on.
Cowdenbeath chairman Donald Findlay has openly criticised Budge.
Clubs are unhappy as the move keeps Hearts and Partick Thistle stay up.
"This is all about Hearts not being prepared to accept relegation," Findlay claimed.
"There are not new proposals, they don't address anything new, and they have already been rejected.
"I am not opposed to having league reconstruction talks in the future, but it would have to involve a re-organisation of Scottish football, with a fairer financial model.
"That would lead to better competition and a better product.”
It has also been put out that League One and Two could be mothballed until next year.
Both divisions were involved in meetings last week, with the theme of getting back as quickly as they can.