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Death By A Thousand Cuts
Rangers fans are suffering the agony of waiting for yet another vote to see where their team will play next season
SFL chief executive David Longmuir hopes for a resolution to the Rangers newco issue which will "be for the betterment" of the game. There will be a vote on Friday to see if the newco will be playing in the First Division or Third Division next season. The vast majority of Ibrox fans favour a fresh start in the bottom tier after last week's failed application to join the SPL. However, the First Division looks the likely destination after SFA chief executive Stewart Regan claimed that dire financial consequences meant he could not allow Ally McCoist's side to resume life in Division Three. Longmuir expects to meet with his SFA counterpart and SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster over the next few days before the decision about Rangers newco is taken by the SFL board, on behalf of its members, who would then look forward to a package of reforms which are likely to include the re-introduction of play-offs and changes to the distribution of finances and votes. Longmuir said: "Friday is a very important day for Scottish football, I will let others judge just how important. I expect to have meetings with the SFA and the SPL this week. We hope to achieve an agreement which will be for the betterment of the game in Scotland." Former Rangers striker John MacDonald, however, is baffled by the whole situation and claims the Ibrox club have been subject to a "witch hunt". MacDonald, who played for Rangers in the late 1970s and 1980s, said: "Are there any rules or are they making them up as they go along? Any notions or talk of sporting integrity has gone right out of the window. Rangers really should start in the Third Division and most fans want that so there will be no comeback in years to come. But Stewart Regan has held a gun to the head of the SFL clubs by more or less saying they have to vote Rangers into the First Division. So it looks like the club will be in the First Division next season."
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