One of the biggest names in British football, Rangers were replaced by an anonymous “Club 12” when the fixtures for 2012-13 were published yesterday.
The new owners of the Glasgow club have applied for a place in the SPL but other clubs will need to give their blessing if they are to be allowed back in.
Rangers, who get a vote themselves, will need the backing of seven other clubs to stay in the top flight rather than having to start over in a lower league. Rangers went into administration in February over unpaid taxes and the parent company was consigned to administration last week when the tax authorities refused to accept a settlement.
A consortium led by English businessman Charles Green has since completed a takeover.
Were Rangers to be relegated, their place could be taken by either Dunfermline or Dundee. Dunfermline finished bottom of the SPL last season, while Dundee were runners-up in the First Division.
The Scottish Premier League have announced a vote to decide whether to admit a Rangers ‘newco’ into the top flight will take place on Wednesday, July 4.