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Clyde to vote 'no' unless resolution 'loopholes' are closed

Published on 11 July 2012

THE Scottish Football League said last night they were comfortable with the wording of the resolutions which will be voted on this Friday, despite a statement from Clyde which claimed they were ambiguous and liable to misinterpretation.

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The Cumbernauld side's board met on Monday night to consider the newco Rangers situation, and arrived at the conclusion that as the first of the three resolutions for Friday's meeting only talked about admitting Rangers as an associate member and permitting them to play in "the league" rather than "the third division" they would have to vote against as they did not trust a process managed in part by the SPL and SFA to keep from parachuting Rangers into the first division without the explicit consent of the clubs.

The statement read: "The absence of information on Sevco Scotland renders it impossible to vote with any logic in favour of any of the Resolutions. We see Resolution 2 as a matter of trust and it would take a change of personnel and attitude for us to be confident that David Longmuir would be entering discussions with a group of people committed to a collaborative process.

"Consideration was then given to Resolution 1 which we concluded required to be reworded to be explicit that entry was to SFL3. The reason for this is that once entered to the SFL in the manner proposed under Resolution 1, we understand that it is within the power of the Board of the SFL to place a club into any league of their choosing. We believe that, due to the intolerable pressure placed on the board, this resolution should be explicit to avoid the Board coming under pressure from either the SFA or SPL in the event that Resolution 2 is rejected."

A source close to the SFL said: "I am comfortable with the resolution at this moment as it stands."

THE RESOLUTIONS

(i) That the Scottish Football League Members agree to admit Sevco Scotland Limited as an Associate Member and agrees to permit Rangers F.C. to play in the League during Season 2012/13.

(ii) That the Scottish Football League Members direct the Board of Management of The Scottish Football League (the ~Board~) to provide that Rangers F.C. shall play in the Third Division of the Scottish Football League during Season 2012/13 unless the Board shall have to its satisfaction negotiated and reached agreement with The Scottish Premier League and The Scottish Football Association on a series of measures which the Board shall consider to be in the best interests of the game, how it is structured, how it is governed and how it is financed, whereupon the Board shall be authorised to provide that Rangers F.C. shall play in the First Division of the Scottish Football League during Season 2012/13.

(iii) That the Scottish Football League Members in terms of Rule 12 approve the resignation of either Dundee F.C. or Dunfermline Athletic F.C., whichever shall be admitted to join the Scottish Premier League for Season 2012/13, such resignation to take effect as at the date of admission of such club to the Scottish Premier League, notwithstanding that the requisite notice under Rule 12 shall not have been given.Details of the series of measures referred to at (ii) above shall be made available to the Members in advance of the meeting and an opportunity for full discussion of those measures will be given prior to the proposals being put to the meeting.

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