Seven clubs are to be relegated from the West of Scotland League Premier Division at the end of this coming season.

Rutherglen Glencairn and Blantyre Vics will scrap it out in the 20-team Premier Division, with clubs dropping down to the First Division next summer. Conference B and C have similarly been renamed the Second and Third Divisions, respectively.

No official start date has been confirmed, but it is hoped that league games could kick-off in the last weekend of September or the first weekend of October, subject to Scottish Government guidelines, and the Scottish FA giving approval.

Should that be the case, it is hoped that training would start in August, with friendly matches played in September.

Glencairn committee man Peter Ferguson says the clubs were asked to vote on proposals by last Friday.

He said: "With seven teams relegated it will be very competitive, right through probably until the end of the season, which will make it interesting.

Glencairn committee man Peter Ferguson says the new league will be very competitive

"We got an email over the weekend with various things and just at the bottom of it they confirmed that the league will be changing to 16 teams as of the season after this one coming, so that means seven down.

"We kind of knew it was coming; it was inevitable that was how it was going to go, because there were 47 teams outside the top tier and only 20 inside it.

"The teams outside the top tier came into the West of Scotland League looking like everyone was going to be on an equal footing in conferences, and then suddenly the goal-posts were moved by the SFA.

"I think they wanted to get it back to the set-up that was originally intended, as quickly as possible.

"It doesn't really change much, because last season if you finished in the top 13 you stayed in the Premiership of Juniors, and that is the same.

"It just means there are another four teams that weren't taking part in it last season, so we just need to hold them off as well!"

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