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Rangers wins promotion from Scotland's bottom tier

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GLASGOW, Scotland (AP)

Rangers won promotion from the bottom tier of Scottish football on Saturday, beginning what is likely to be a quick climb up the country's league pyramid.

The club drew 0-0 at Montrose and then saw Queen's Park lose at home to Elgin, meaning Ally McCoist's team took an unassailable 22-point lead with six matches left.

The 54-time Scottish champions were demoted to the country's fourth division last year because of financial problems.

Rangers could yet find itself stuck in the bottom tier as Scotland's league may be reconstructed, with officials discussing proposals to merge the third and fourth divisions.

A club statement says ''phase one of the journey (up the league) has now been completed although Rangers still don't know where the second stage will begin.''

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