Rangers claim league plan an ‘abomination’

Rangers have described Scottish football reconstruction plans as an “abomination” in a statement written by new director of communications James Traynor.

Scottish Football League chief executive David Longmuir yesterday expressed confidence a planned merger with the Scottish Premier League would be accepted by clubs in his organisation.

But Rangers hit out at plans for a 12-12-18 structure in an article posted on the club’s website.

The statement read: “This abomination will now be pulled and stretched by selected members of the SPL and SFL in a desperate attempt to make it more presentable. It’s ridiculous, especially when you remember the two 12s will fragment into three eights.”

Rangers also accused the SPL of dismissing their views. Fifteen clubs were scheduled to attend yesterday’s working party meeting, but all 42 will get a vote on the final plans.

The statement read: “This club, the biggest one in the country, were not invited to take part in talks which will shape the game’s future. We are then entitled to conclude that this club are not important, which is strange indeed when so many fans of other clubs continue to be obsessed by Rangers.

“We do, however, expect common-sense to be applied, along with fair play.

“Look, Rangers will return to the top flight, which will of course have to be rebranded. Rangers will take a seat at the head of the table where, despite the latest insult of being shut out of reconstruction talks, we will act with the good of Scottish football in mind.

“We’ll work through the divisions and we will return stronger and better than ever before.”

Scottish Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan earlier insisted that reconstruction would not be used to accelerate Rangers’ progress.

If plans are introduced this summer and the bottom 18 clubs from this season form the proposed “National League”, Rangers would still be on course to return to the top flight by the start of season 2015-16, as they are under the current set-up.

Regan said: “Sporting merit will dictate where clubs will finish.

“There will be no plans for any club to be given preferential treatment.”

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