Gers: Pair should not be singled out

Rangers claim St Mirren and Ross County should not be singled

out for criticism over their refusal to back SPL plans for league

reconstruction.

The two clubs vetoed the proposals at an SPL meeting at Hampden

today, with a majority of 11-1 required to send the plans to the

Scottish Football League.

The plans would have seen both league bodies merge in a 12-12-18

structure with a pyramid system below.

The top two leagues would then split into three after 22 games

in a bid to generate extra revenue, which would have been split

more equitably with current First Division clubs.

Rangers, as associate members of the SFL, would not have been

entitled to vote on the issue but have made their own stance on

reconstruction clear in the past.

Ibrox chief executive Charles Green – who attended St Mirren’s

home SPL game against Celtic on March 31 – has previously proposed

an alternative 14-14-14 structure.

Rangers were opposed to the 12-12-18 format which, if introduced

for the coming season, would have seen the Irn-Bru Third Division

champions remain in Scottish football’s bottom tier.

A club spokesperson said: “We note the outcome of today’s SPL

vote on League reconstruction.

“Rangers have already openly talked about what we believe were

constructive proposals and hope that these will be considered at

some point in the future.

“The vast majority of supporters did not want 12-12-18 and the

two clubs who voted against this should not be singled out for

criticism.

“They stood up for what they and their fans believe.”