Rangers ready for relegation

RANGERS face the likelihood of a humiliating demotion to the fourth tier after more rivals declared they would oppose the reborn club’s re-entry to the Scottish Premier League.

Aberdeen and St Johnstone took the number of teams opposing a newco Rangers’ admission to the SPL to six, meaning they look highly unlikely to achieve the 8-4 majority needed in a vote on 4 July.

Their next step is likely to be to apply to join the Scottish Football League, with entry in Division Three mooted. However, it has been suggested that the possible merger between SPL and SFL could see Rangers return in Division One.

Inverness, Hearts, Hibernian and Dundee United also oppose the transferral of debt-stricken Rangers’ SPL share to Charles Green’s newco.