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SBD Global/June 29, 2012/International Football

Rangers Expected To Drop One Place To Scottish Division One

New plans are being put in place that would allow the Rangers to "move directly into Scottish Division One in the coming season," according to the BBC. Charles Green's Rangers newco has "not gained support to replace the old club in the Scottish Premier League." Senior Scottish football figures are proposing that the Rangers start the '12-13 season in "the second tier." The main points of the proposal documentation are the team's relegation "with immediate effect" and its replacement in the SPL "by Dundee." The sale of TV rights for Rangers matches in Scottish Football League Division One to the SPL for "£1M ($1.6M)" and that the "SPL and SFL will merge into one body" at the start of '13-14 (BBC, 6/28). The PA reported that the Rangers have confirmed that only "13 players have reported for the first day of pre-season training" at the club's Murray Park training ground (PA, 6/28). In Edinburgh, Michael Grant reported that the Int'l Federation of Professional Footballers (FiFPro) head of legal department Wil van Megen said that Green's threat to "sue the Rangers players who refused to join his newco" amounted to him seeking "modern slavery." Despite Green's threat of court action, the players who decided to leave were advised that their departures are "legally sound." Van Megen said that "Green would inevitably lose any court cases against the departing players" (SCOTLAND HERALD, 6/28).
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