There has been no official statement yet emanating from Cliftonhill regarding the matter. When the local Advertiser asked for the 27th June issue, the following was the result:-
As member clubs, Airdrie and Albion Rovers will be at the very heart of this process. Rovers supremo Frank Meade is currently abroad on holiday.
On Mr Meade’s return, he answered, along with a number of other prominent football personalities, a question from the Evening Times – “Will relegating Rangers to the Third Division mean the end for Scottish football as we know it?”
FRANK MEADE, ALBION ROVERS CHAIRMAN
WE have to find a mechanism where an appropriate sanction is applied, but also we have to be very careful that a short-term decision doesn’t destroy the long-term, commercial viability of our game.
There are a number of positives of Rangers in the First Division. Grounds are more capable of accommodating bigger crowds, the television exposure could have an added spin-off to the SFL and the possibility of play-offs being introduced is a big incentive.
If Rangers were in the Third Division, the potential economic benefit is less. It makes sponsorship much more difficult to attract and more difficult for media deals to be retained. I think there is a lot of smoke and mirrors going on.
If Rangers were in the Third Division, there is no reconstruction and the sporting integrity aspect, however that is defined, would be tarnished for the next couple of years.
I think people are being naive if they think that sending Rangers to the Third Division isn’t going to affect every club.
Whilst there has been no official announcement on the club website, the above statement by Mr Meade seems to be tending towards supporting a move for Sevco Scotland’s team into SFL1.
On the other hand, as I am sure that the Board at Cliftonhill will have been discussing the matter, it may well be that the concluded view from Coatbridge is to approve entry to SFL3, or indeed to reject entry at all.
Posted by Paul McConville