Ibrox side prepare for demotion.
Rangers newco: Plans for club to enter Scottish Division One
BBC Scotland has learned of plans being put in place that would allow Rangers to move directly into Scottish Division One in the coming season.
Rangers FC plc is soon to be liquidated and Charles Green’s consortium are reforming the club.
But Green’s Rangers newco has not gained support to replace the old club in the Scottish Premier League.
And senior Scottish football figures are proposing that Rangers start season 2012-13 in the second tier.
There are also plans for the SPL and Scottish Football League bodies to be merged into a new organisation called ‘The Scottish Professional Football League’ in 12 months’ time.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
In many ways a demotion to the second tier of Scottish football may be the best that the Ibrox side can hope for. Having seen many SPL sides block plans for Rangers ‘newco’ to remain in the SPL there were fears that the Glasgow side would suffer a far heavier demotion, perhaps moving to the very bottom of the footballing pyramid.
However a demotion may not be the end of Rangers worries as a large number of their playing staff are unwilling to sign new deals with the ‘newco’ and as a result Ally McCoist may well see a fair number of his squad be auctioned to the highest bidder with many sides clearly looking to pick up a bargain at the financially crippled club.