Kelty Hearts and Brora Rangers have been crowned champions of the Lowland and Highland Leagues after clubs voted to call the season for a second time in a row.

Barry Ferguson's Kelty side and Steven Mackay's Gers were both declared victors after the vote in favour of deciding the season on a points-per-game basis.

Nine of the Lowland League's 17 clubs supported the recommendation, with three hoping instead that the season would be declared null and void. Kelty won their title with a points-per-game average of 2.77. In the Highland League, Brora won their silverware after just three matches.

Mackay called yesterday for his side, as well as Kelty, to be allowed a crack at this season's play-offs after they were denied the opportunity by football chiefs last season. But he suggested league reconstruction as another option.

The season was brought to a halt back in January and had been suspended with all Scottish football leagues below the Championship. However Leagues 1 and 2 as well as the Scottish Women's Premier League and the Scottish Cup were all given the green light to return to action, provided they conduct weekly testing.

Finishing behind Kelty are East Kilbride and Bonnyrigg Rose, both with a points-per-game average of 2.42, while Brora placed just in front of Fraserburgh on goal difference.

The Lowland and Highland Leagues also announced that the new season will begin on July 17.