Rangers vote raises SPL questions

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Rangers newco were voted into the Irn-Bru Third Division in a day of drama which leaves huge questions over the future of the Scottish Premier League.

An overwhelming majority of Scottish Football League clubs - 25 to five - who met at Hampden decided to place the Ibrox club into the bottom tier with SFL chief executive David Longmuir claiming it was a decision based on "sporting fairness, the fundamental principle of the SFL".

It was a massive blow for the SPL and the Scottish Football Association, who were hopeful that Ally McCoist's side, who had been denied admittance into the top league, would be parachuted into the First Division, with SFA chief executive Stewart Regan claiming that putting Charles Green's club into the Third Division would bring financial catastrophe and a "slow, lingering death" of the game.

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