Linlithgow Rose boss Brown Ferguson applauds Lowland League for authorising Bo'ness United promotion

Linlithgow Rose manager Brown Ferguson thinks under fire SPFL chiefs should have taken a leaf out of the books of their Lowland League counterparts.

Thursday, 18th June 2020, 3:22 pm
Updated Thursday, 18th June 2020, 3:24 pm
Rose boss Brown Ferguson

While SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster and his associates have drawn widespread criticism for overseeing the relegation of Hearts, Partick Thistle and Stranraer despite the 2019-20 campaign being unfinished, the Lowland League has authorised the promotion of Linlithgow’s local rivals Bo’ness United to their league, while having no relegation for bottom two clubs Dalbeattie Star and Vale of Leithen.

“Massive plaudits to the Lowland League for having Bo’ness (the 2019-20 East of Scotland Premier Division champions) going up,” Ferguson told the Journal and Gazette.

“I think it’s what should have happened once the decisions were made.

“I think the Lowland League is leading by example by trying to be as fair as it can be by not relegating, but also promoting where necessary.

“Obviously, what we’re seeing in the higher divisions isn’t really doing that from a pyramid perspective.

“Well done to the Lowland League and good luck to Bo’ness in stepping up.

“And I think, hopefully, we can be joining them in the not too distant future.

“That is certainly our aim and it would be good to lock horns again.

“I’ve only managed it the once and, personally, it would be good to get involved in those types of games again.

“But, in order for us to do that, we need to take care of our own business in our league next year.

“That will be our only main focus, to try and get up.”

The fanbase and infrastructure at Bo’ness United seems ideally suited to playing at a higher level and Brown thinks his club is similar.

“I believe Linlithgow is a club that has got the history, the tradition, the fanbase, the infrastructure capable of progressing.

“Obviously, for every club that has these ambitions, it’s getting harder because competition is getting harder, which is a good thing.

“Ninety-five per cent of my career was senior as a player, coach and manager.

“If our club gets the opportunity through our own play, then it can go and be successful as a senior club.

“I have absolutely no doubt about it.”