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SBD Global/January 14, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Scottish FA Won't Stop Glasgow Clubs Should They Chose To Leave Scottish Football
Published January 14, 2013
TWO TICKETS TO PARADISE: In Edinburgh, Martin Hannah wrote "much has been made of Rangers CEO Charles Green’s threat to move the club to England if league restructuring goes ahead in Scotland." Rangers Manager Ally McCoist "has added his tuppenceworth, saying he would 'settle' for the top league in Scotland, although he backed Green’s right to explore the possibilities of a move down south." Talk of Rangers moving south "is all so much hot air," however. The migration to England "will not happen, unless there is a referendum of a different kind and the people of Scotland vote to become English." Green "is wasting his breath because, as yet, he does not fully understand the true nature of football administrators." Their self-preservation and self-interest "comes before anything else, and they are simply not going to allow a situation where clubs can join another country’s league on a whim." McCoist said, "I can’t sit here and moan about sporting integrity and then try to go straight into the Premier League. That wouldn’t sit well with a lot of people, and the irony wouldn’t be lost on them. But if you started in League Two and earned the right to work your way up -- like, say, Cheltenham -- then you can understand that concept better than Rangers and Celtic being shoved into the middle of the Premiership" (SCOTSMAN, 1/13).