The North Caledonian League will have greater representation in the Scottish Cup going forward as it has been confirmed that the winners will feature in the domestic competition.
Only Golspie Sutherland and Fort William are licensed to the Scottish FA among the current squads, but agreement has been reached with all relevant associations that regardless of license status, North Caley winners will enter the Cup Scottish.
The change will take effect immediately, from the coming season seeing current champions Invergordon enter the 2022/23 competition.
North Caley chairman Iain Whitehead is delighted with the move, believing it will only benefit the competition in the early rounds.
“The winners of North Caley will go to the Scottish Cup,” he confirmed.
“That was passed at our AGM. The decision is that regardless of their Scottish FA license, they will come in.
“We’ll find out what the implications of that are – maybe Invergordon might have to play somewhere else, but they will definitely be able to play in the competition.
“It’s a permanent thing. There were four teams added at amateur level, the North Caley and three others as well.
“It’s good for the future. I hope Invergordon get a favorable draw and represent us well.
“I think it’s something to celebrate. It shows that they have included more levels of football which I think will only be positive for the Scottish Cup.”