STEWART REGAN, the chief executive of the Scottish Football Association, has warned that the sport in this country will suffer a "slow, lingering death" if Rangers are denied a place in next season's first division after the Scottish Premier League clubs voted overwhelmingly against the Ibrox newco being given a place in the top division.
The focus will now fall on the Scottish Football League to see if they are willing to accommodate Rangers into their set-up and at what level. The SFL board are set to meet at Hampden today to hold further discussions, with a vote expected to be taken by their clubs at an emergency meeting next week. There has been widespread opposition to a newco being allowed to start life in the first division but Regan felt there could be severe consequences if that did not come to pass.
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