Where Next for Scottish Football?

So the member clubs of the Scottish Football League have flexed their muscles, called a few bluffs, and agreed to accept Rangers as a member of the league Рin its third division, where the overwhelming majority of public opinion seemed to believe was the right place for them to start again. The vote, in the end, was a reasonably comfortable 25-5, but this belies just how touch-and-go the outcome had looked earlier in the week, as several clubs kept silent or released ambivalent or ambiguous statements, and as the SFA and SPL made last ditch attempts to sweeten the deal with promises of larger leagues. Only on Thursday did it become apparently, publically at least, that supporter pressure had won out, and once the No campaign reached critical mass several other clubs fell into line. As it stands, it represents a humliating defeat for the respective, and much-derided, Chief Executives of the SFA and SPL, Stewart Regan and Neil Doncaster, and it remains to be seen how they react to it, whether they will accept it and move on or try some last desparate gamble. Mark Murphy has already covered the misdoings of the SFA and SPL in his article on this site yesterday, and some of the murky detail behind the scenes. So it is sufficient for me to note that, such is the mistrust of them, that...

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