Charles Green will push for his newco Rangers to play football at the highest level possible after his application for entry to the Clydesdale Bank Premier League was consigned to failure more than a week before a vote.

Inverness, Aberdeen and St Johnstone on Monday joined Hearts, Dundee United and Hibernian in confirming their intention to reject Green's application to acquire Rangers' share in the competition next Wednesday.

Fans who have pledged money for community ownership schemes at Motherwell and St Mirren are almost certain to vote against a newco too in consultation exercises, leaving Green with no chance of securing the 8-4 majority needed and prompting him to seek talks with the Scottish Football League.

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