New Rangers to start life in Scottish Third Division


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 Scottish giants Rangers were sensationally ordered to start life in their new guise in the lowest tier of Scottish football today, the ultimate humiliation for one of most iconic names in European football.

Rangers’ “newco” were sent into the Third Division following a meeting of Scottish Football League (SFL) clubs, meaning the 54-time domestic champions will visit grounds that barely attract three-figure crowds on match days.

The Scottish Premier League (SPL) and Scottish Football Association (SFA) were hopeful Rangers, the most successful club in Scottish history,  would be parachuted into the First Division, with SFA chief executive Stewart Regan claiming that putting them into the Third Division would bring financial catastrophe and a “slow, lingering death” of the game.

But 25 of the 30 SFL clubs voted against Rangers restarting life in Division One and instead to send them plummeting down the leagues after Charles Green’s Sevco consortium, who now run the club, were forced to apply for entry to the SFL once SPL clubs voted against them being allowed to stay in the top flight.

Rangers entered administration in February owing up to £134 million ($209 million/€167 million) to unsecured creditors.

The old company will eventually be wound up and the club, which have invariably played before 50,000-capacity home gates, now have to win three straight promotions to get back to the SPL which they have dominated for decades with their Glasgow rivals Celtic.

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“Today has been one of the most difficult decisions to be made by all concerned,” SFL chief executive David Longmuir (pictured above, right) said.

“The decision has been taken in the interest of sporting fairness.”

Green said ahead of the meeting that his consortium would accept whatever decision was reached.

Afterwards he added: “We’ve learned to expect the unexpected and have to accept the decision.”

But SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster said before the vote that sending Rangers to the bottom rung of the pyramid would “inflict massive damage” on the whole of the game in Scotland.

Rangers barred from playing in Scottish top league

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Glasgow Rangers will not be playing in the Scottish Premier League next season as a result of the club’s financial meltdown, a move that likely ensures rival Celtic will win the title.

SPL clubs voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to reject a bid by a reformed Rangers to stay in the division. Rangers could wind up being relegated to the third division.

The 140-year-old club has won a record 54 domestic league titles but has tax debts of 21 million pounds ($32.7 million) and entered bankruptcy protection in February.

Failure to secure agreement with tax authorities led to Rangers chairman Charles Greenpurchasing the club’s assets in a 5.5 million pound ($8.6 million) deal and establishing a new company.

Celtic and Rangers have won every league title since Aberdeen under manager Alex Ferguson in 1985 and no other club has finished as high as second since Hearts in 2006.

“At today’s general meeting, SPL clubs voted overwhelmingly to reject the application from Rangers newco to join the SPL,” the Premier League said in a brief statement.

Americans Carlos Bocanegra, Maurice Edu and Alejandro Bedoya could attempt to leave the club rather than play in a lower leaguer.

Rangers needed an 8-4 majority in Wednesday’s vote but St. Johnstone, St. Mirren, Aberdeen, Hearts, Hibernian, Dundee United and Inverness had already declared their opposition. On Tuesday, Motherwell announced their fans had voted to reject the application..

A club from the First Division — most likely to be Dundee following its second-place finish last season — could take Rangers’ place in the 12-team SPL. Dunfermline, which was the only club relegated from the SPL, could also take Rangers’ spot by staying in the top tier.

http://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/Rangers-barred-from-playing-in-Scottish-top-league-3683788.php?

http://www.teamtalk.com/hearts/7868583/Rangers-to-let-SFL-decide?

http://www.celtic.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=286368

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