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SBD Global/July 12, 2012/International Football
Report On Charles Green's Rangers Assets Shows He Bought Players' Contracts
Published July 12, 2012
A NEW PLAN: The BBC's Brian McLauchlin reported "proposals from Scottish football's three governing bodies include a new top-tier division of 16 teams by '15." The top flight would grow from 12 to 14 for the '14-15 season and "could be extended by a further two clubs a year later." The only proposed change for the upcoming season would be the "introduction of a promotion/relegation play-off between the top two divisions" (BBC, 7/11). The LONDON TIMES' Ronnie Esplin writes the three bodies said in a statement: "The proposals are based on five principles previously outlined by the SFA as key to streamlining governance, ensuring greater financial distribution and, above all, providing better entertainment, enhanced competition and value for money for supporters." At a league meeting on Thursday, Green's new Rangers will discover "whether they will be playing in the Irn-Bru first division or third division next season." About half the SFL clubs "who have made their views known are looking for Ally McCoist’s side to go into the third division" (LONDON TIMES, 7/12).