Edinburgh City will face Brora Rangers in the inaugural play-off match between the Lowland and Highland League Champions after Brora’s financial backer revealed the club will compete for a place in the SPFL.
Brora secured the Highland League title on Saturday with a 2-1 over Turiff United at the same time as City were presented with the Lowland League trophy. Businessman Ben Mackay, who bankrolls the club as main sponsor via his company, Stanley CRC Evans Offshore, confirmed they will take part in the play-offs.
It had been suggested that the Highland League club would be reluctant to win promotion given the costs and travel involved with SPFL football. However, they were expected to submit an application to join the set-up before today’s deadline and Mackay confirmed they will compete with City for the right to play-off with the bottom side in League Two for a place in the fourth tier of Scottish football.
“Whatever happens at the end of the season I will be there for Brora” he said. “I have backed my club as much as I can and I can categorically confirm I will continue to back them as much as I can, wherever we are playing our football next season.
“We have still to see what the true costs are for a team from the very far north of Scotland playing in Scottish League 2. Whether we can compete at that level is an entirely different question, but the club will have to go wherever our journey takes us.”
The two-legged tie with Edinburgh City will take place on Saturday, April 25 and Saturday, May 2, with a draw to be made that will determine who will have home advantage on which date.