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SFL opposition against newco Rangers joining First Division

July 3, 2012


• Two clubs say Rangers must apply for Third Division
• SFL clubs meet on Tuesday, SPL on Wednesday

Two more Scottish Football League clubs, Stranraer and Stirling, have come out against the idea of a newco Rangers joining the First Divi sion amid speculation that some Premier League clubs are on the verge of a u-turn.

Stranraer and Stirling said Charles Green’s club should have to apply for membership of the Third Division, ahead of Tuesday morning’s Hampden meeting of SFL clubs.

Six others have already stated their opposition while Airdrie have said they will abstain from any vote as they would be promoted should the Ibrox club be denied SPL and First Division status.

No vote will be taken at Tuesday’s meeting but the SPL clubs will be hugely interested in any feedback 24 hours ahead of their vote on Green’s SPL application.

Seven SPL clubs have already publicly confirmed their opposition but Green says he is confident chairmen will listen to his pleas to consider the impact on Scottish football if Rangers are removed.

Reports on Tuesday morning claim Green, who met several SPL clubs over the weekend, has offered a six-point plan to secure top-flight football including a point s deduction and making a public apology on behalf of the oldco club.

A document presented to SFL clubs includes a claim that the Third Division option could cost Scottish football £16m and Green hopes SPL clubs will now balk at the consequences of rejecting his bid.

Green told the Rangers website: “I know the chairmen will listen. The problem some of them have to a lesser degree than I have here is fan pressure.

“We think the important thing is Scottish football and we need to draw a line and move forward. There are some big decisions and none are more material than Rangers being excluded from the league and the financial incomes this club drives for the benefit of all Scottish clubs.” Read More


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