The Scottish Premier League could be set for reform after its 12 clubs agreed to a new 10 team top tier with a 12 team second league.
The move had been in doubt after Dundee United, Hearts, Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Kilmarnock had raised doubts over whether the format could work. SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster had warned that an alternative 14 team format could cost each club around £1m.
But in a meeting at Hampden Park it seems a initial deal has been approved. A statement on the SPL website said: "The Scottish Premier League (SPL) clubs today reaffirmed their commitment to the work of the Strategic Review Group to develop a structure for the whole of Scottish football.
"Broad support was given to progressing a 10-team Premiership and a 12-team Championship at the top of a pyramid for Scottish football as the preferred option.
"The SPL clubs have asked the executive team to further develop aspects of these proposals and to update the Strategic Review Group's report.
"The SPL will now consult with the Scottish FA and the Scottish Football League and its clubs before a final decision by the SPL clubs."