GALA Fairydean Rovers could be about to record their highest-ever finish in the Lowland League with a sixth-placed position.

The league has been unable to get the go-ahead from the Scottish Football Association to resume playing after the season was put on hold in January due to increasing coronavirus cases nationwide.

Declaring the season null and void would mean that the Lowland League's top team would not be able to go forward to the play-offs to try and earn a place in Division Two.

Board members are now set to discuss a proposal to call a halt to the league and use a formula of 'average points per game' to calculate the final league positions for the 17 clubs.

As things stand, Kelty Hearts would be champions and would compete in the play-offs with Brora Rangers, with the winners then playing the bottom team in Division Two.

Using the 'average points' formula, Gala would leapfrog Stirling University into sixth position which would be their highest-ever finish since the introduction of the Lowland League in 2013.

East Kilbride would be runners-up, with Bonnyrigg third, followed by BSC Glasgow, East Stirlingshire and then Gala Fairydean Rovers.

The relegation issue - with Vale of Leithen currently pointless at the bottom - has still to be resolved and is due to be discussed at the board meeting.

Gala chairman Ryan Cass said:"We will have to wait for the outcome of the meeting to see what is happening.

"But if the league is settled by an average of points-per-game then finishing sixth - with our playing budget compared with other big-spending clubs in the league - is a great achievement.

"However I am personally disappointed if the league does not resume because I feel we could have finished even higher.

"The league stopping could not have happened at a worse time for us because the team was playing well having recorded a deserved win at Bo'ness and narrowly losing to Annan Athletic in the Scottish Cup in a game we could easily have won.

"Manager Neil Hastings and his coaches have done a tremendous job and built a team playing a brand of football that the town can be proud of.

"If the league is called off now then we would just have to accept it and then start preparing for next season when hopefully restrictions are lifted and we can get spectators back at our games.

"The majority of the squad have re-signed for next season and there will be some new faces coming into the squad as we want to continue improving and challenging at the top of the table."