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Volume 10 No. 25

International Football

Rangers "could romp the Third Division and still end up in the bottom tier next season if a plan to reconstruct the Scottish game is given the go-ahead," according to Keith Jackson of the Scotland DAILY RECORD. Scottish Football League CEO David Longmuir is attempting "to broker agreement to do away with the current set-up and start again with a new three league 12-12-18 structure." The deal would see the Scottish Premier League and SFL merge into one body, "with Longmuir’s clubs sharing around £1M ($1.6M) in extra TV revenue." He confirmed that the merge "could happen at the start of next season – meaning Ally McCoist’s side starting out at the bottom all over again – even if they wrap up this season’s title." But Longmuir explained: "Yes, that might be disappointing for some clubs in the Second and Third Divisions if it was to work out that way, but then we are talking about the long-term good of the game here" (DAILY RECORD, 1/7).

English League Two club Morecambe has "suffered low attendance rates all season," and is now allowing any supporters free entry to its game against Dagenham & Redbridge FC on Tuesday, according to Liv Lee of the London DAILY MAIL. Club Manager Jim Bentley said, "It’s a chance to get the community behind the team and see if we can generate some atmosphere. If we can get three points and play well, hopefully they’ll come back as paying customers." The Globe Arena has had an average attendance of fewer than 2,000 this season. It comes close to "being the least supported team in the league." The highest attendance has been 3,635 for its draw with Bradford on New Year’s Day. Morecambe is currently sitting at 19th in the table (DAILY MAIL, 1/7).