Compromise freeing Rangers to seize Division Three place reached
Postponement of transfer embargo clears final hurdle in Gers relaunch
Rangers are increasingly likely to take the place allocated to them in the Scottish Division Three next season after finding middle ground with the Scottish Football Association over the row preventing them from being granted membership.
Despite being voted into the fourth tier by the Scottish Football League clubs, the SFA weren’t willing to accept Charles Green’s newco until they agreed to abide by the 12-month transfer embargo given to the liquidated side in May.
Green justifiably felt that this was an unfair sanction as the majority of the former first-team players had refused to move their contracts over to his company, leaving the new version with a skeleton squad.
The compromise discussed to appease both parties, enabling Rangers to strengthen this summer but still adher to the initial punishment, has been to suspend the ban until the close of this window and stop them signing players for a year from September.
It is a far from ideal situation for manager Ally McCoist as it means that he can only bring people in now while the club are at their lowest ebb rather than in January or July next year once the recovery may be underway.
However, it feels like a reasonable arrangement, ensuring that they are seen to be penalised yet not to an unnecessarily excessive extent.
Though the Gers and SFA have settled on that solution, the SPL, SFL and Rangers’ administrators must all follow suit before membership can be ratified.
The expectation is that it will be, allowing Rangers to get to business in Division Three, which they are 1/20 to win regardless of the fact that only a few of their former stars remain, like Neil Alexander, Lee Wallace and Lee McCulloch.
Monster odds of 8/1 are offered on any other team finishing first, and there is even a without Rangers market in which Peterhead assume the mantle of 5/2 favourites.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.