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Scotland Tonight - Rangers SFL vote

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Published on Jul 13, 2012

Channel 4 News correspondent Alex Thomson claims that the way Scottish football has been managed over the past few weeks has been a "catastrophe".

At 11am of Friday morning the Scottish Football League (SFL) clubs will meet at Hampden to decide the fate of Rangers.

Eighteen of the SFL member clubs have already stated their belief that Rangers should start at the bottom.

But if this happens the SPL is threatening to create an SPL2 which will include Rangers.

Speaking on Scotland Tonight, Alex Thomson, of Channel 4 News, said: "As far as the SFL chairmen are concerned they have been pretty blunt and have made it clear that the likes of Neil Doncaster and Sewart Regan week after week, month after month, have turned Scottish football into an industrial abattoir.

"They've slaughtered every constituency of support they could've had. Fans across the board, including Rangers fans, who are clearly indicating on their polls, for whatever reasons, that they want their club to be in Division Three.

"There are chairmen talking about bringing some kind of vote of no confidence to those individuals. There surely has to be an agreement that the way football has been managed over these weeks has been a catastrophe."

Broadcaster Archie Macpherson said: "One of the reasons why Rangers are quite willing to go into the third division is because they know in the longer term they'll survive. They have a large and dynamic support, much like Celtic.

He added: "The other reason is who knows if they will be able to start this season."

Gordon Smith, former SFA chief executive, said: "The SPL are now wanting the SFL to decide where Rangers go. They've already thrown them out and it looks like they would say well we want you back in as soon as possible.

"I think Rangers have already said themselves that they should play in league three because that's where they feel is the real place to go now."

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