Updated: 05/07/2012 08:02 | By pa.press.net

Rangers will play in division SFL decide



SPL clubs vote to reject Rangers' newco application

SPL clubs vote to reject Rangers' newco application

Newco Rangers chief executive Charles Green has vowed that the club will play in whichever division the Scottish Football League deem fit.

Clydesdale Bank Premier League clubs have voted to reject the newco Rangers application with the SPL announcing the news in a brief statement after more than five hours of talks at Hampden.

Green's Rangers are now waiting on further meetings between SFL clubs to see whether they will be entered into the Irn-Bru First Division or start out from the bottom tier.

It was largely expected that Wednesday's vote would be against Rangers playing top flight football next season, but there was also a chance it could be deferred until the SFL had made a decision on where to place the newco club within their structure. But the decision has now been made and Green revealed his disappointment on the application being turned down.

"We are deeply disappointed that our application to rejoin the SPL has been rejected overwhelmingly by the member clubs," he said in a statement. "This time last week, all of us at Rangers were resigned to the fact that we would not be admitted, due mainly to the public declarations of clubs indicating they would not support our application.

"At the weekend, we were approached by representatives from the SPL suggesting our application still stood a chance of success and we should discuss this further with clubs. This we did in good faith but with the knowledge of the hurdles that lay ahead of us.

"We had asked the SPL whether it would be more appropriate for us to withdraw our application but were advised against this."

Green also revealed the new club had been preparing to apply to the SFL for a couple of weeks and stated the newco Rangers would play in the appropriate division. "We will now proceed as we had planned from late June to apply for membership of the SFL," he said.

"It is entirely a matter for them whether our application will be accepted or rejected and we will make no representation to any member club prior to that application being considered. We also recognise that the SPL has been placed in a difficult position because of the way events have unfolded.

"If our application were to be accepted, Rangers will play in whichever division the SFL sees fit and we will move forward from there. The club hopes that the supporters, who have been absolutely tremendous since the club went into administration on February 14, will continue to support the club and make Rangers a success once again."

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04/07/2012 15:36
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No its not good riddance.  They will be liquidated and so the new club should start at the bottom.  No gloating no cheering, just the way it should be for any club that ceases to be.
04/07/2012 16:33
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yes the previous owners murray&co are to blame,
04/07/2012 15:52
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Totally agree with you on some parts. But Celtic without Rangers wont have the same strangle hold over the rest of the clubs like they did previously.
Nows the time for Scottish footbal to wake up and just have 2 leagues of 24.
Thus generating more money within 2 leagues rather than splitting it between 4 leagues.
 
And if were one scottish league then no need for SSSSSSSSpl or SSSSSSSFL to be any different and play inder the same org as before.
 
This is our chance to change SCottish football for the better
get more youths through our teams and rely less on forgein players. it can only benefit our national team as well.
 
tuppence added and now to buy my season ticket again.
Mon the Dons
 
04/07/2012 16:55
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the board , the owners  and anyone else involved  in this should be banned for life over this never to run  or buy a football club again, it shows the sheer arrogance of these people to think they can buy a club run it into the ground then walk away,with no care  about what happens to the backroom staff players or fans, its not the players fault, its not backroom staffs fault and its not the fans fault, the blame  lies  with the money men. i agree with rangers playing in a lower  division, but worry about the  loss of income to smaller clubs,  who rely on gate money  when going to ibrox, , the sfa will have to  devise a plan to stop smaller clubs  being hit hard

04/07/2012 19:56
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Kicking Rangers out of the premier division has punished the wrong people,ei;the  players and the fans.The actions of money grabbing and bad business acumen by the previous owners has already been dealt with.So why punish the fans and players in this way.It seems so unfair,plus it has done more harm to Scottish football than good.
04/07/2012 19:50
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To Cleo the Cat???

 

You seem intent of painting Celtic supporters as being saints but nothing could be further from the truth. They might get invites for friendlies but they dont get invites to join the FA. Could that be because english teams and more so the supporters are well aware of Celtic supporters support of the IRA and continued support by sections of the current support for the REAL IRA. I have respect for most Celtic supporters but people like you just drag them down with bigoted comments.

04/07/2012 17:39
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I now fear for the future of many small teams in the SPL who rely on the gate money they receive when playing rangers and celic several time a season. All the Celtic fans who are gloating at the moment will live to regret whats happened to their biggest rivals. No more will you wake up on a saturday morning with butterfly's in your stomach at the thought of an old firm lunch time kick off. No more will you be able to go to work early on a monday morning to rib work mates after a derby victory. It may seem great at the moment but as a Newcastle fan I hated it when Sunderland weren't in the same league as us. Mark my words scottish football will suffer in the coming seasons.

04/07/2012 19:47
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I'VE LISTENED/READ ALL THATS BEEN GOING ON IN THIS SITUATION SINCE FEB, AND YES THERE HAS BEEN WRONGDOING BACK AS FAR AS MR MURRAY, AND YES THERE HAD TO BE SANCTIONS OF A SORT, BUT THERE HAS TO BE A LIMIT, AND WHAT ABOUT THE SFA/SPL, THEY HAVE MADE BAD MISTAKES, WHO'S GOING TO SANCTION THEM. ANAYWAY I HOPE RANGERS GO TO THE THIRD DIV, THEY WILL SURVIVE, AND THEY WILL BE BACK, AND ALL THESE CLUBS ( SOME WITH NO AXE TO GRIND, SAVE THEY DIDN'T WANT TO BE LEFT OUT )  WHO WERE SO QUICK WITH THEIR NO VOTE, IHOPE YOU REEP WHAT YOU WANTED.  FUNNY CELTIC PLC DID NOT VOTE, WISE MOVE FOR THEY ARE NEITHER SEEN AS FOR/AGAINST.  ANYWAY, I HAVE A SUGGESTION FOR THE RANGERS SUPPORTERS, WHY DON'T YOU ,INSTEAD OF TRAVELLING TO AWAY GAMES, PUT YOUR MONEY INTO A FUND OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS OR SO AND YOU WOULD HAVE A TIDY SUM TO HELP BUY PLAYERS FOR THE SPL, BY THE WAY IBROX STILL YOUR SUPPORT AT HOME GAMES. THIS FORSYTH SAGA WHITCH THE SPL/SFL ARE DRAGGING OUT IS NOW AT AN END, AND I HOPE EVERYONE GETS EXACTLY WHAT THEY HAVE VOTED FOR.

 ENJOY

04/07/2012 23:50
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Why Don't you go and play in Belfast They will love you over there

04/07/2012 22:51
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i think the new rangers should play in the highland league as that will be there standard of football.
04/07/2012 16:41
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The more I read these posts the more I realise that this has nothing to do with football. This is to do with that out dated Catholic Protestant nonsense. Who wants to watch football without any competition? Well I suppose SPL fans do.
04/07/2012 17:42
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All the negative Rangers comments I suppose from frustrated Celtic fans with a sprinkling of Hearts and Hibs get a life SPL without two big clubs is doomed and Scottish football will reflect i a few years that maybe they should have allowed the Rangers back in.The fans pay for their season tickets but what happens when the sponsors pull out as the spl is crap now for publicity without the neco Rangers big boys.Celtic are not assured of Europe every year from now as UEFA will probably say the SPL is about the same level as the Welsh League or Irish? even better the SPL will be considered lower than Cypriot or Albanian Leagues ha ha idit fans of SPL!!!    Big boy here going to watch Rob Roy v Campsie Balck Watch more exciting than an SPL game in 2012-2013
04/07/2012 17:48
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Well said Steven Hadden. Fact is it will happen while football suffers. Like Nero, they are, that laughed as Rome burnt eh!

Bill, the game, especially one struggling like in Scotland is bigger than a cheat and swindler. So millions of innocents pay for him eh! Get real and stop letting your gloating ego shine through.

 The SPL is a joke now! What with it's playing each other 3 time to make the number up to compete a season. A joke when the same two clubs nigh dominate year in and year out. Now you want the SPL to be even a bigger laughing stock  so you can either be a Celtic supporter gleefully beating nothings and no ones, or a side that may now get to be in the top 3 or 4, Get real and act sharp.

 a back ward step that will have even more disastrous effects and lowering the poor standard of the Scottish SPL.

 Go and buy a none league english club and they would now just about dominate the scottish football. Sad joke. Oh to be a Scot eh!

 

04/07/2012 21:20
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It's quite sad to see the Celtic 'fans' celebrate the demise of their league. The SPL was in a poor state before this and now although Celtic might win for the next few years, there will be no one watching. Gary Hooper will move for increased competition and you won't sign big players because they won't want to play in a league with no competition, cheap sponsers, no or little tv coverage. The SPL and the clubs have shot themselves in the foot.
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I remember when Rangers came to Barcelona a few years ago, Drunk fans fighting ( among themselves too) attacking ordinary people including  the elderly, women as well, absolutely disgraceful. Celtic, on the other hand were boisterous yes, but well behaved generally. Hope never to see Rangers play at Camp Nou ever again.
04/07/2012 19:02
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So only Rangers have BIGOTS,

Regarding those at the top of Rangers,they were not the ones who put it into the mess,but,if those who just want to throw abuse and dont want Scottish Football to go forward then keep shouting.

The looser in all of this is the FANS not just of Rangers but all the other clubs,

The Newco will go where they are placed,the revenue will drop for those clubs in the SPL,the damage done hopefully will be able to be reactified.

But,may i say again,those in charge of Rangers now,did not cause the mess,and instead of shouting about bigots take a long hard look at how Scottish Football is run by the SPL and the SFA,They do not fill you with confidence.

04/07/2012 19:29
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@Someone

Would you like to explain the origin of "Huns" so that readers here can understand this reference? Please don't shout about intolerance and bigotry whilst indulging yourself in the same. Thank you.

04/07/2012 17:38
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i still think that craig white is pulling the strings and charles green is his front man,

todays decision is what they expected and they had planned for it

 

now if the s.f.l. clubs vote them out

 

 they will sell ibrox, murray park  and the other property that 'rangers' owned 

 

 and    THE STING is complete !!

04/07/2012 18:40
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Has anyone else noticed how it took the newco Rangers until the day before their hearing to come out and apologise for their disgusting tax evasion, not only that they have the cheek to offer bribes of sharing gate money to the other clubs involved. Blatant bribery in any one's book, as they are seriously squirming and will do anything including as we've seen corruption to survive. The fact that nobody else from the defunct Rangers has ever apologised, including the arch criminal David Murray who should be arrested says it all..Why this institution of sectarianism and bigotry just can't accept it's punishment and disappear into the abyss of the Scottish 3rd division whilst shutting it's face is beyond any decent football fans belief, as this newco club will change in name but will almost certainly retain it's bigoted views while attracting many knuckle dragging morons to the very quaint Scottish villages & towns and God help them, remember Barcelona, Manchester just to name a few...!
04/07/2012 19:34
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Scottish Football and integrity? You just have to read some of the comments here to realise there is no integrity only hate, bigotry and jealousy. And to Celtic fans, stand by because your next because the voting will be 11-1 in the SPL and the other clubs smell your fear.
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