SFL clubs to meet over Rangers

Last Updated : 05 Jul 2012 15:47

Scottish Football League clubs will vote whether to accept Rangers at a meeting on July 13.

SFL chief executive David Longmuir confirmed the date after a board meeting at Hampden.

Longmuir said: "A specially convened meeting of all clubs is planned for next Friday."

Longmuir called for the 30 clubs to be given time and space to make their decision after some claimed they had been "bullied" into accepting the newco club in the Irn-Bru First Division.

SFA chief executive Stewart Regan claimed the game faced a "slow, lingering death" if the Ibrox club had to re-start in the Third, the Rangers fans' preferred option.

Regan claimed Scottish Premier League clubs, who rejected the new company's top-flight application, stand to lose £15.7million if that is the case.

Longmuir said: "The time has come for all outside influences and pressures to stop.

"So I ask all other bodies to leave it to those who have been put in this invidious position to make a decision in the best possible interests of the game.

"I have every faith in the judgment of those clubs and their boards to make a decision, considered and reasoned, which will be in the best interests of the game, how it's structured, how it's governed and how it's financed."

Source: PA