Rangers: SPL Says No To Newco

Last weekend, there were a number of observers wondering why today’s vote on whether to accept a new “Rangers” into the Scottish Premier League next season…next month (ulp!)…was taking place at all. Eight of last season’s SPL clubs had already publicly, and at times passionately, stated their intention to vote against the application to transfer Rangers’ league share to “Sevco Scotland Limited”, the company wholly-owned by its chief executive Charles Green. Given that eight clubs needed to be in favour of the application for it to be successful, and given the proximity of the new Scottish League season, it made perfect sense to formally reject the application and to use yesterday’s meeting of SPL chairmen for any practical business arising from this or any other issues impacting upon the SPL. So they held the vote. Sevco Scotland’s application was “overwhelmingly” rejected. This initially was a little harder to quantify than might normally be the case, as rejection required three votes less than a simple majority. But it could scarcely have been more “overwhelming” than ten votes against, with Kilmarnock abstaining. Even Celtic, the biggest losers financially in the event of there being no Rangers in the SPL, said no. It is therefore safe to evaluate the gargantuan efforts of Green, his SPL counterpart Neil Doncaster and certain parts of the Scottish media to persuade certain SPL club chairmen to...

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