Third division for Rangers
By Stuart Gillespie
Updated Friday, 13th July 2012
Newco Rangers look set to start life in the third division after SFL clubs went against proposals to let them jump straight into division one.
The much talked about vote was finally held at Hampden today and involved all 30 member clubs. There has been much scaremongering, bullying and lying in the last few weeks as certain people - particularly Neil Doncaster, Stewart Regan and the Scottish media - tried to force clubs to vote Rangers into the first division. Thankfully it failed - just as it did when Rangers tried to go straight into the SPL.
A total of 29 of the 30 clubs agreed to allow Rangers into the SFL. In my view this in itself is wrong because the space should surely be opened up to allow the likes of Spartans and Cove Rangers to apply, even if the result would be a foregone conclusion.
When it came to the issue of which division Rangers should play in 25 of the 30 voted against the ridiculous idea to let them into the first division. Therefore the Ibrox side will be in the third division.
Except they might not be. Plans for them to join an SPL2 are still kicking about and are likely to be discussed at a meeting of the top flight on Monday. If they get past that stage it is a disgrace and if they come to fruition it is a scandal.
Saints could well lose a lot of money due to Rangers being in division three but that's our problem and we'll have to deal with it. We should not be part of any plan to rip up the league structure to let them into the second tier - and such a scheme should not come to fruition. Sadly, with Scottish football these days, anything is possible.
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