Rangers chairman Malcolm Murray has called for "vicious and gratuitous blood lust" to come to an end for the sake of Scottish football as a whole.

He made the plea as reports claimed plans are being put in place that would see the Ibrox club relegated from the Scottish Premier League to the Irn-Bru First Division with immediate effect.

Charles Green's Rangers newco is unlikely to gain enough support for entry to the top flight when the 12 SPL clubs meet on July 4 to vote on the issue. Murray said in a statement: "The vicious and gratuitous blood lust of recent times must end, not only for Rangers' sake but for Scottish football too."

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