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Scotland's Rangers into third division

GLASGOW, Scotland -- Scottish clubs voted for the Rangers to begin next season in the third division, the country's lowest professional league.

Rangers, in bankruptcy protection because of tax debts of nearly $33 million, faced two votes on Friday: 29 of the 30 Scottish Football League allowed Rangers in the SFL, and 25 of 30 made the country's most successful club start play from the bottom.

Rangers, Scottish champion a record 54 times, was barred last week from returning to the Scottish Premier League and hoped to restart in the next tier, the first division.

"The decision has been taken in the interest of sporting fairness," SFL chief executive David Longmuir said at a news conference. "I am comfortable that the Scottish Football League has made a very decisive decision."

Rangers remained hopeful of an SPL 2 being introduced.

"It is now understood that on the back of a briefing SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster and SFA counterpart Stewart Regan gave to clubs last week that the SPL will introduce a plan for SPL 2 -- which would include Rangers -- and invite existing division one members to join," Rangers said on its website.

However, Livingston chairman Gordon McDougall doubted such a breakaway will take place.

There remains a financial concern for the remaining clubs in the SPL: Without the world famous rivalry between Celtic and Rangers, there's a worry the SPL will lose money in television revenue.

The repercussions of Rangers' financial meltdown have seen the club banned from European football for three years, and the loss of many of its best players.

Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press


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Yeah, it's strange, but this passed me by completely. I wonder how Celtic fans feel about this, it can't do them much good. The rivalry is the only match mildly interesting to TV stations aswell, Celtic must be losing a lot of cash.


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They should join English clubs now.

But, yeah, Rangers-Celtic rivalry was historic and interesting in that league.

Sad to see Rangers like this, I guess they won most domestic leagues in Europe.

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ShiftyPowers;3270548 said:
Good riddance to horrible racist fans. Couldn't have happened to better people.

You're my hero, Shifty.


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Sir Sir_Didier_Drogba;3270632 said:
I think it's quite funny.

Ditto, but it's shocking to say the least. I hate to be the accountant held responsible for this nightmare. Will they have to start from scratch?


Senior Squad
Went pretty well for them actally. They were very close to getting liquidated as a club.

They also said they would consider buying a smaller English club (Bury!) and making them into the new Rangers, so they'd be climbing into the EPL and not to the SPL anymore. That would have been horrible for Bury fans and I'd also hate to see Rangers anywhere near the EPL, it would be like another Liverpool or ****ty, but I guess they dropped that idea anyways.

Seán D

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If only they could take Celtic with them.

Horrible bunch of inbreds that support either team. i feel sorry for the normal fans who are good fans.