No New Club in SPL

The reincarnation of Rangers FC have been told they will not be playing SPL football next season. Though SPL Chief Neil Doncaster has hinted that they will not be made to start again in the SFL Third Division either.

No New Club in SPL
SPL Chief Neil Doncaster

In the past hour the decision was taken by the member clubs of the Scottish Premier League to vote against the admission of Sevco 5088, the reincarnation of the old Rangers FC.

The details of which club's voted "no" are known - Kilmarnock abstained from voting entirely, the old Rangers FC (yet to be liquidated, so still in possession of their SPL share and deemed entitled to vote) opted for a "yes", while the remaining ten decided to reject the proposal. But the biggest question now facing the Scottish game is this: where are the new club going to fit?

The opinions of the SPL clubs and their SFL (Scottish Football League) Division One counterparts have been quite definitive - rejection. However, the SPL head - Neil Doncaster - seems to think differently. In his interview with the BBC today, he suggested that the new club may not be admitted into the bottom professional league (SFL Division Three) but rather be allowed to leap two divisions further and join directly at Division One if the SPL vote went against them. His reasons are that it is just not "financially viable" and that taking the decision to admit the new club into the Division Three would be "punishing 41 clubs for the misdeeds of one".

Early noises have indicated that the new club is not welcome in the SFL First Division either, with up to eight clubs publicly stating they would vote against their admission given the chance. So it may be that Doncaster does not get his preferred option. An option which, incidently, is neither the majority of the rest of Scotland's professional clubs preference, nor the preference of the new club's fans themselves.