I think the possibility of Rangers moving to the English Conference is fascinating. Looking at the history it doesn’t take a crystal ball to see what’s coming.
Btw I should make it clear that if Rangers wish to leave Scotland then I wish them Bon Voyage and I hope the SFA doesn’t stand in their way if the fans agree. I would suggest that Rangers fans, in the shape of season ticket holders, should be given a vote – conducted independently – asking their opinion.
If there is say 25% clear majority in favour of moving then the SFA should let Rangers go subject to Uefa approval of course. But really I see that stage as more a battle between Euefa and the FA if they are also happy with the move.
Conference National is the fifth and lowest of the five nationwide English football divisions in England, below the Premier League and the three Football League Divisions. It is also the top tier of the National League System of non-League football with Conference North and Conference South forming the English sixth tier.
I have no idea where Rangers would start other than assuming at best it would be in Conference North or South where most of the Conference semi-professional teams are. But that could create problems with the three feeder leagues so Rangers might have to start in a feeder league
There are 68 club in the three Conference Divisions (excluding feeder clubs) and Conference chairman Brian Lees has said 18 of his member clubs expressed tentative support for a Rangers entry. Talksport polled 14 of the 24 clubs in Conference National and found 8 in favour; 3 against; and 3 maybe.
But back to crystal balls – Already the enemy ‘roadblocks’ on the Long March have been identified on the Darkside and I can only wonder how long it will take to arrange the boycott of those not wanting to make new friends of Rangers.
But the great thing is that issues concerning the Blue Pound would have moved furth of Scotland and we can watch the same old history of threats and aggression roll-on in another land. I think I can already hear a distant echo of Ally demanding the names
Think of all the happy hours ahead pouring over unfamiliar league rule books and having the secrets of the Vatican and it workings unmasked in the dark & distant recesses of lower division English football.
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