Former champions Rangers have threatened to try to move to a
league outside Scotland if a plan to restructure the Scottish
game goes ahead and leaves them languishing in the lowest
Chief Executive Charles Green made the threat on Wednesday
(local time), floating the prospect of the Glasgow club
joining forces with teams from European nations such as
Belgium and the Netherlands.
Rangers, national champions a record 54 times, have had to
relaunch from the fourth tier of the Scottish game after
collapsing under a pile of debt last year.
The latest proposals envisage a new three-level structure for
the Scottish game, but the authorities have ruled out
fast-tracking Rangers back to a higher level.
Although Rangers are running away with the Scottish Third
Division, the changes would mean they would remain stuck in
an enlarged lowest division.
"In what league do you win a division and then end up playing
the same teams again the following season? There is no
meaning to it, in reality," Green told Rangers in-house TV
station on Wednesday.
"I haven't read anything other than what is in the press and
if that is what we have sat here eagerly awaiting to
transform Scottish football, my advice to the board of
Rangers is the quicker we can leave Scottish football the
NO OBVIOUS ALTERNATIVE
Rangers are rebuilding and raised 22 million pounds ($35.2
million) last month when they returned to the stock market.
Green told Reuters then that talk of forming a European
soccer league made the club a good investment.
The chief executive conceded on Wednesday that there was no
obvious place for Rangers to leave at present but noted there
had been talk of a new "Beneliga" involving top clubs from
neighbours Belgium and the Netherlands.
"Hand on heart today there isn't an option but that doesn't
mean we shouldn't start looking for an option," he said.
"If all we have to look forward to over the next four years
is more madness then we would be failing as directors not to
explore the alternatives."
Rangers remain one of Britain's best supported clubs. They
had a crowd of over 46,000 for last Saturday's home draw with
Elgin while rivals in the division are watched only be a few
However, many in the Scottish game believe Rangers must pay
the price for the financial failures of the previous
management and gradually work their way through the leagues.
All 42 Scottish clubs will get the chance to vote on the
proposed restructure later this month.