Hearts CEO Andrew McKinlay. (Photo by Bill Murray / SNS Group)

It was announced Tuesday that five SPFL member clubsHearts and Hibs, along with Aberdeen, Dundee and Dundee United – had commissioned Deloitte to undertake a strategic and holistic review of the FBCL.

The main objective of the review is to identify ways in which the league body and clubs can unlock ‘significant additional income’.

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McKinlay explained that the aim of the process, which will last six months initially, is not to make more money for big clubs and their shareholders, but to improve Scottish football as a whole and benefit the fans.

“The commercial side is one of the main drivers”, he told STV. “Are we getting the best deals from a broadcast point of view? Are we getting the best deals from a business sponsorship?

“But money drives all the other things we want. We should be able to give fans a better experience, we should be able to improve our grounds and improve the digital fan experience.

“We should be able to have a better product on the pitch, which the fans obviously want too.

“At the end of the day, certainly from our point of view, it’s not money to give to our shareholders, it’s money to improve clubs. But it’s money to improve all the clubs.

“There’s no suggestion here about redistributing the wealth. It’s about bringing in the money and growing the pie so that everyone can get a bigger slice of that pie.”

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