FOOTBALL: Rangers want to wipe 'slate clean' in bottom tier
LONDON: Rangers accepted their demotion to the Scottish Third Division on Friday by saying they wanted to start afresh even if it meant playing at clubs where average crowds struggle to break the 500 mark.
The most successful club in Scottish football history had already been expelled from the Scottish Premier League (SPL) following months of financial chaos that led to the formation of a new company or 'newco' after the 140-year-old Glasgow side entered administration.
And on Friday, 25 out of 30 Scottish Football League (SFL) voted for Rangers to enter the Third Division, the standard punishment in such cases.
Rangers newco chief executive Charles Green refused to criticise Friday's decision to drop the Ibrox club into the fourth tier, telling the club's website: "We are grateful to be accepted as members of the SFL and accept their decision to vote us into Division Three.
"From the outset, we made clear we would play where we were told to play and we just want to get back to playing football."
However, Green added: "This decision maintains the sporting integrity that clubs and fans across Scotland have been calling for but it also impacts massively on Scottish football as a whole and only time will tell what the consequences will be.
"Rangers has been handed the ultimate punishment of starting again from the bottom of the leagues but there is an overwhelming feeling among fans and within the club of 'wiping the slate clean' as a club free of sanctions.
"We are a football club and we just want to get back to playing football and start afresh." AFP