MORTON chief executive Dave MacKinnon has revealed that clubs in the Scottish Championship are aiming to get their new season underway in October.

Scotland's second tier is expected to play an increased number of midweek games later in the season to allow fans into stadiums for as many matches as possible.

MacKinnon also made the assumption that Hearts would be in the Championship as he spoke about the discussions, including advanced plans for second-tier clubs to provide high-quality live streaming services.

"The Premiership is looking to start in August and we're looking in the Championship to catch on to that to probably start in October," MacKinnon told his club's YouTube channel.

"I would imagine over the next week or so we are able to get some concrete starts.

"We are also looking at the Betfred Cup, how we can incorporate that and the Scottish Cup.

"We are looking to get a full programme in, which is going to mean some midweek games, but we are trying to back-end it so that, when fans are eventually coming into stadia, we have a lot of games.

"There is a huge amount of work behind the scenes and we seem to be getting some light at the end of the tunnel."