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Green wants Rangers in second tier next season

ESPN staff
March 19, 2013

Rangers chief executive Charles Green believes the club should be promoted to the First Division if league reform is decided upon before the start of next season.

Rangers may claim the Third Division title on Saturday if they defeat Stirling and Queen's Park do not win at Annan. However, under a proposed restructure, they will play in the same division as their nine Third Division opponents again next term in an 18-team competition.

Green insists Rangers deserve more for winning the competition, saying:"It would be manifestly wrong to deny any team promotion having won the competition they have entered into at the start of the season. Equally, teams which have been relegated should not benefit unfairly from any restructuring of leagues.

"The principle of promotion and relegation for the clubs which fall into these categories at the end of this season should be enshrined in any new league set-up.

"So, if, as widely predicted, we end up with a 12-12-18 set-up, Rangers should be promoted and this promotion should be to the middle tier.

"There has been no shortage of voices banging on about sporting integrity over the last year but sporting integrity must cut both ways."

Green also backed Scottish Football League chief executive David Longmuir's plan for Rangers and Celtic reserve teams to join the new merged league.

"A Rangers Colts team would add value to the league and other clubs would see their home gates enhanced significantly by Rangers fans, particularly those who lived locally.

"I would also be prepared to guarantee other clubs the ticket revenue equivalent of 300 Rangers fans turning up for matches," he explained.

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