Six Lothians clubs are among the 16 candidates facing an anxious wait to learn if they will be part of the inaugural season of the Lowland League.
It was confirmed yesterday that the league, which was voted in this week to pave the way for a pyramid system in Scottish football, will definitely start this August.
Sixteen clubs from the East of Scotland and South of Scotland Leagues have applied to be part of the new set-up, and that number is set to be whittled down to make either a ten or 12-team league when an SFA-chaired working group meets this Monday morning to assess the credentials of all the contenders.
From the Lothians, Spartans and Preston Athletic have both applied and will gain entry as they are both licensed clubs. Edinburgh City, Whitehill Welfare, Civil Service Strollers and Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale, meanwhile, must wait to learn if they have made the cut.
Successful clubs will be informed and invited to join the Lowland League after the meeting on Monday.