Scottish Football Merger Could Leave Rangers Stuck At The Bottom
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).