Fort William boss Calum MacLean would be in favour of introducing relegation from the Highland League to a tier six.
With 17 teams currently, depending on what happens with Brora Rangers, there is scope for expansion and MacLean reckons it would be a positive to provide other clubs, from either the North Caledonian League or North Region Superleague with the chance to step up.
The Highland League has never had a promotion system into the league, instead having teams apply for a place in the division.
The last time this occurred was in 2009, with Turriff United, Formartine United and Strathspey Thistle accepted.
Fort finished bottom at the early conclusion of the Highland League season, although they had eight games in hand and a three-point deficit on second-bottom Lossiemouth.
MacLean feels, however, Fort are a side on the up and it should not be taken as read they would finish bottom of the pile again.
He said: “I think it would be a good idea. I’m sure a lot of people think it’d be a good chance of getting Fort out of the league, but they might in for a shock.
“There are good teams in those leagues and if they are up for it then why not.
“It would be a good incentive for Fort William not to finish bottom. Most times it’s been Fort William at the bottom, but they are on the up. A few clubs might be careful what they wish for.”
MacLean, who agreed to return as Fort manager until the end of the season, would be in favour of the Highland League splitting in two, to reduce travelling.
He added: “I know clubs don’t like coming to Fort William, as it’s too far to travel for them. It’s an issue for us.”