Dundee United have struck a further blow to the newco Rangers being accepted into the Clydesdale Bank Premier League by indicating they will join Hearts in voting against the proposal.
Rangers require an 8-4 majority for the newco to be included in the top flight next season when all 12 Scottish Premier League clubs - including Rangers - vote on the issue at the general meeting on July 4.
In a statement on Thursday night, Dundee United said after discussing the situation with supporters' groups, they reached the conclusion that the sporting integrity of the competition required the newco Rangers not to be included.
The statement said: "The board (.) are unequivocal in the belief that a form of sporting punishment must form part of the reasoning behind any decision made and, therefore, cannot vote the newco into the SPL.
"General sporting integrity and, more importantly, the integrity of Scottish football must also play a significant part in the decision-making process. It is our belief that any form of sporting punishment must be unambiguous in the message it displays."