McCoist says Div 3 best for new Rangers as fans say “enough is enough”

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By a Newsnet reporter

The manager of the resurrected Rangers has said that he can more easily rebuild a team by starting from Division Three than by being allowed to compete in Division One next season.

The comments from Ally McCoist will be controversial and come as discussions are about to take place next week in order to determine which league the new club will be allowed to compete in.

By a Newsnet reporter

The manager of the resurrected Rangers has said that he can more easily rebuild a team by starting from Division Three than by being allowed to compete in Division One next season.

The comments from Ally McCoist will be controversial and come as discussions are about to take place next week in order to determine which league the new club will be allowed to compete in.

This week it was officially decided that the newco team, now under the ownership of Charles Green would not be allowed straight back into the SPL, after every club, with the exception of Kilmarnock voted against the proposal.

Speaking to the BBC, McCoist said: “Like everyone else involved at our club extremely disappointed is putting it mildly.  We obviously wanted to play in the SPL.

“We are now in the hands of David Longmuir [SFL chief executive] who is certainly a man that Charles Green and I trust implicitly.

“He is a good honest man that I firmly believe has the best interests of Scottish football at heart, of that there is no doubt.

“Out of all the characters involved in this situation I think David and his member clubs have been very unfortunate to have been put in a position where they have to make a decision.

“Whatever decision they reach we will accept.  Having said that from my meetings with our supporters, and the vast majority of SPL chairmen have been listening to their supporters, which is great, I’m all for it.

“We had a meeting with our supporters last night and the vast majority of them – in the region of 75-80% – have said enough is enough, let’s go to SFL3.

“Our good friends at Celtic across the city issued a statement that stated that integrity was of paramount importance to Scottish football and we totally agree with that, and I would imagine the vast majority of all SPL chairmen agree with that statement.”

Mr McCoists comments follow claims by SPL Chief Neil Doncaster that newco Rangers starting from Division Three is “not a viable option” for Scottish football.

They also follow a controversial statement from SFA Chief Stewart Regan who claimed after the new club were rejected by the SPL that the situation facing newco Rangers could lead to “social unrest” and that the game would face a “slow lingering death”.

Regan said: “Without Rangers there is social unrest – there is a big problem for Scottish society.”  Regan’s comments have been condemned by Historian Tom Devine who called them “inflammatory”.

McCoist added: “It’s the first time I have heard anyone from the SFA speak about the game in a financial sense but then we have the argument that is the financial aspect more important than the massive aspect of integrity and honesty of the Scottish game?

“They might want to put us in SFL1 with more sanctions – I don’t know if that is the case.

“We have a transfer embargo hanging over us but how can I operate with a transfer embargo when I only have six players? It’s impossible and it’s just madness.

“I have in the region of six first team players at pre-season training right now, two of whom were regulars last season in the SPL.

“We need to bring in the region of 10, 12 or even 14 players. I reckon since January we have lost close to 21 players. We have to start rebuilding and to do that we’ll have a better chance in SFL3.

“For the record, in terms of sanctions that have been imposed already, we were deducted 10 points, we had our Champions League place taken away from us, we were fined £160,000, we are out of Europe for another three years and, of course, we are out of the SPL.

“I think that’s quite a lot.”