Changes may extend Rangers' stay in Third Division

Rangers might have to play in the bottom tier of Scottish football again next season if clubs choose a 12-12-18 structure for the game.

Rangers might have to play in the bottom tier of Scottish football again next season if clubs choose a 12-12-18 structure for the game.

Scottish Football League chief executive David Longmuir hinted that the Ibrox club would not be fast-tracked into the second tier if agreement over reconstruction is reached in time to implement change for next season.

The Scottish Premier League and SFL have been in discussions over major change with Longmuir admitting over the weekend that SPL plans for a 12-team flight were looking more likely to be adopted than SFL proposals for a larger top league.

Rangers look set to tie up the Irn-Bru Third Division title long before the end of the season to move to the third tier, but if changes are brought into force for next season they may have to play their current opponents again.

Longmuir told the Daily Record: “This isn’t about one club. This is about what is best for all of Scottish football.

“People are getting ahead of themselves a little bit because no decisions have been taken with regards to how the new leagues would be made up.

“But if you look at the league tables as they stand today it doesn’t take much imagination to work out how to make it happen.

“Yes, that might be disappointing for some clubs in the Second and Third divisions if it was to work out that way but then we are talking about the long-term good of the game here.

“If change is going to happen then inevitably there would have to be one season when adjustments would have to be made.”

The changes would still mean Rangers could win promotion to the top flight by the start of season 2015-16, which is the earliest they can do so under the current set-up.

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