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SBD Global/July 30, 2012/Franchises
After A Summer Of Gloom And Doom, SPL Clubs Experiencing Ticket Resurgence
Published July 30, 2012
CONDITIONAL MEMBERSHIP: The BBC reported that Rangers "have been granted a conditional Scottish FA membership," which allowed Sunday's Ramsdens Cup with Brechin City to go ahead. The permanent transfer of membership is due to take place this week. A joint statement on behalf of the Scottish Football Association, SPL, Scottish Football League and the company relaunching Rangers, Sevco Scotland, read: "Following the completion of all legal documentation, the Scottish Premier League will conduct the formal transfer of the league share between RFC (IA) and Dundee FC on no later than Friday 3 August 2012" (BBC, 7/27).
MCCOIST 'SNAPPED': In London, the SUNDAY TIMES reported that Rangers Manager Ally McCoist has "finally lost patience with the way the club has been treated." McCoist "has said little as the disintegration of his beloved club has been played out in public this summer," but before the Brechin game he made it clear that "his patience had finally snapped." McCoist said, “It’s a ludicrous situation -- and I owe it to our fans to make my views known on it. No one is denying that Rangers were badly mismanaged for 10 months. Nor are we disputing that we should be punished for that. We have been. We accept that punishment and want to start putting the past behind us and move forward. But that is not being allowed to happen -- and I have to ask myself why" (SUNDAY TIMES, 7/29).