Scottish football has been accused of going stale in the last few years, with the lower league journey of a reformed Rangers completed and Celtic continuing their domestic domination under Brendan Rodgers. However, one overlooked change may be about to bear fruit, and in doing so revitalise the lower reaches of the football pyramid. Just a few years ago, the Highland League joined a newly-created Lowland League to offer a competitive pathway for clubs to reach the SPFL leagues on merit for the first time. Underneath, a seemingly weak East of Scotland League bounced back as the main Lowland feeder, sitting alongside the South of Scotland League in tier 6. Now, with several Junior sides ready to jump ship and follow trailblazers Kelty Hearts into this ‘brave new world’, the Scottish Junior Football Association has agreed to initiate contact with the ruling Scottish Football Association – the intention being to negotiate their integration into the still-fledgling pyramid system.