Regan reveals Gers fears

Stewart Regan says Scottish football will suffer if newco Rangers start at the bottom

Stewart Regan says Scottish football will suffer if newco Rangers start at the bottom

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Scottish football faces a "slow, lingering death" if newco Rangers start life in the Irn-Bru Third Division, SFA chief executive Stewart Regan claims.

In the immediate aftermath of Scottish Premier League clubs rejecting Charles Green's application for top-flight entry, Regan also made a stark claim that depriving Rangers fans of their team would spark "social unrest".

Regan said: "The only solution for the game now is that Rangers come into the Scottish Football League and they come into it in the First Division. If Rangers were to go anywhere other than the First Division, then there would something in the region of £15.7million worth of losses to the game."

Regan made it clear the SFA could not allow the Ibrox club to start at the bottom, meaning Scottish Football League clubs face the prospect of an SPL2 breakaway if they reject a plan to put them in the First Division.

He added: "For the bigger clubs at the top of the league, that's half their annual distributions. For clubs at the bottom it is basically wiping out their entire distributions, for some of the smaller clubs it's a huge proportion of their annual turnover.

"Even if Rangers end up in the First Division, there is still going to be a £5million loss of income to the SPL clubs. The game is not sustainable so there would be a slow lingering death for the game in Scotland.

"It would then trickle down to the SFL. From our perspective as the governing body, we cannot allow that to happen."

The SFA chief executive also confirmed a real threat to television contracts.

"We have had dialogue with the broadcasters and we understand what the various stakeholders from Sky television, ESPN, Sport Five and a number of the SPL's other commercial partners are likely to do in the event Rangers are not in either of the top two tiers," he said. "It's not pretty.

"That's why we cannot sit back and let that happen without trying to get all parties to accept this is the only solution which can keep the game afloat. Without Old Firm games, the value drops, the overseas deals are almost exclusively about the Old Firm derby and that would go immediately."

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4:22pm Thu 5 Jul 12

Billton says...

Stuff Scottish Football and the so - called fans of the "other" Scottish clubs. Fat lot of concern they have shown for the Rangers fans and their club in all of this carry - on.
There must be Punishment!, they cry. Punishment! Punishment! Punishment!
Against whom?
Those who are deserving of Punishment have departed the scene.
It is the Rangers fans ( the 50,000 plus) who actually attend football games that these stay at home muppets want to punish. The Rangers fans and the Club are innocent of any wrong - doing in these affairs. They wish to punish the Club and the fans who, above all others, have been the life - blood of football in Scotland.
These couch supporters have had more than enough to say. It is now time for Rangers supporters (real supporters) to speak. If Rangers are to continue in Scottish football they must begin from the Third Division and work their way up. No matter how long that takes.
If that means that other Clubs go to the wall, so be it!

My personal view is that Rangers should apply for entry to the Conference or perhaps the Northern league in England. Even a period in Non - League football would be preferable to suffering these half - wits any longer.

Rangers supporters will revive their Club. If the so - called supporters of the "others", don't wish to see their Clubs disappear for good, don't look to Rangers supporters to help you. All our efforts will be concentrated in restoring our Club to financial health. Get off your sorry butt and start attending some games.
Stuff Scottish Football and the so - called fans of the "other" Scottish clubs. Fat lot of concern they have shown for the Rangers fans and their club in all of this carry - on. There must be Punishment!, they cry. Punishment! Punishment! Punishment! Against whom? Those who are deserving of Punishment have departed the scene. It is the Rangers fans ( the 50,000 plus) who actually attend football games that these stay at home muppets want to punish. The Rangers fans and the Club are innocent of any wrong - doing in these affairs. They wish to punish the Club and the fans who, above all others, have been the life - blood of football in Scotland. These couch supporters have had more than enough to say. It is now time for Rangers supporters (real supporters) to speak. If Rangers are to continue in Scottish football they must begin from the Third Division and work their way up. No matter how long that takes. If that means that other Clubs go to the wall, so be it! My personal view is that Rangers should apply for entry to the Conference or perhaps the Northern league in England. Even a period in Non - League football would be preferable to suffering these half - wits any longer. Rangers supporters will revive their Club. If the so - called supporters of the "others", don't wish to see their Clubs disappear for good, don't look to Rangers supporters to help you. All our efforts will be concentrated in restoring our Club to financial health. Get off your sorry butt and start attending some games. Billton
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