Stranraer boss Stevie Farrell says mid-season split could be an option for League 2

Stranraer manager Stevie Farrell says a top and bottom half split at the half way point of the League 2 season could be a good way to complete the campaign in a shortened time frame.

Thursday, 18th February 2021, 10:36 am
Updated Thursday, 18th February 2021, 10:46 am
Stranraer manager Stevie Farrell.

With no return date set for divisions below the SPFL Championship, which have been on hiatus since January 11, the only conformation teams have is they will not be allowed back training till March at the earliest.

It is now widely accepted there will not be enough time to complete a full season before the end of May which presents a number of issues for clubs.

Various league officials have held meetings to discuss ways to shorten the season and Blues boss Farrell favours the idea of a split in the league table similar to the Scottish Premiership.

He said: “There's a lot of factors tied into league fixtures that would make it very difficult to complete the 27 remaining matches.

"If we're looking at March 1 as our earliest return date I don't think we can be up and running competitively till the end of March which would leave teams five to six weeks to play something like 20 games.

"The way we all come back is a revised league programme and I've heard a number of options so we need to see what the authorities would accept.

"I don't think an 18 game season (half the usual amount of fixtures) would be fair in terms of relegation and promotion on the back of it which would create some friction.

"Maybe we play to the 18 game mark and split the league into top and bottom half like in the Premiership and play games accordingly, that may be an option.”

With that decision now in the hands of the government and football authorities, clubs will have to continue to play the waiting game.

Farrell is on record as being critical of both the Scottish Government and Scottish Football’s governing bodies handling of the situation.

"It's a case of being honest,” said Farrell.

"If people are doing their job right they should be applauded and should be held accountable if they're failing.

"The most disappointing thing is that people aren't that surprised anymore or disappointed or angry, they just take it for what it is.”