David Longmuir, the Scottish Football League chief executive, will assess any offer from the Scottish Premier League for the rights to Rangers games in the Irn-Bru Third Division, with a decision expected this week.

The issue of media contracts threatens the Ibrox club's bid for membership of the Scottish Football Association, while the possible stripping of trophies is another obstacle which could derail Rangers newco's hopes of a place in the SFA, which has as a condition the acceptance of a 12-month transfer ban handed out to Rangers oldco for bringing the game into disrepute.

Before signing the membership agreement with the SFA, the Ibrox club want the SPL to drop their investigation into alleged dual contracts, while the SPL have their own concerns over the SFL and Rangers' media rights.

It is believed broadcasters are not keen to sign up to an SPL deal without access to the Govan club's games.

If Longmuir is unable to bring Rangers' rights to the negotiating table, the SFL would lose out on their annual £2m settlement fee, agreed in 1999 when the top clubs split from the league to form the SPL.

It is also believed that several top-flight clubs could face financial problems if there is any reduction or delay in the routine £645,000 payment from the SPL, which is expected on August 6.

There has to be an agreement between the SFA, SPL, SFL, Rangers oldco and Rangers newco before any deal is sanctioned, with Ally McCoist's team due to face Brechin City on Saturday in the Ramsdens Cup .

The SFL's media agents, IMG, have invited bids from interested parties with a Monday deadline, and the SPL are understood to be one of the bidders.

Longmuir said: "We will look at the options we have on Monday and Tuesday.

"If the SPL happen to be one of the bidders, we will assess that, as well. They are at liberty to pitch to us as anyone else.

"I am comfortable that we will get there this week."

The SPL want an indepen-dent commission to rule on whether Rangers breached regulations with alleged undisclosed payments to players between 2001 and 2010.

Rangers fear they could be stripped of the trophies won during that period and, along with their fans, claim they have already been punished enough.

Manager Ally McCoist has said he would "never accept" stripping the club of titles.

Talks are to continue today.