Bo’ness United and Kelty Hearts are exploring a possible move away from the Juniors to the pyramid system with the hope of one day becoming SPFL clubs.
Junior clubs wishing to become licensed under the SFA have to commit to the pyramid structure under new guidelines.
Bo’ness and Kelty see a potential move to the East of Scotland League or direct entry to the Lowland League as a chance to progress. A move would also allow them direct entry into the William Hill Scottish Cup every season should they be admitted to the Lowland League.
The Evening News understands that both clubs have written to SFA chief executive Stewart Regan to express their interest in joining the pyramid system and to seek further clarification on the licensing process.
“We would be financially better off if we were in the Lowland League than the Juniors because of SFA funding and greater prize money for cup competitions,” said Bo’ness vice-chairman Derek Crossan.
“Bo’ness United are looking at all avenues to try and improve as a football club. Ideally, we would like to play at a level in congruent with our abilities, whether that be as part of the pyramid or whatever else.
“The club are open to any discussions on their future in Scottish football and being involved in a pyramid. We have ambitions to become licensed.”
Bo’ness would have to make some ground improvements to be eligible for a license, but they feel those are achievable. Bo’ness are currently undergoing a project to develop their Newtown Park home into a 3G facility, while Kelty have made significant developments at New Central Park and are currently seeking funding for a 300-seated stand.