Rangers propose alternative Scottish league restructure

The Third Division outfit's chief executive Charles Green has suggested that a 14-14-14 structure should be introduced for the "greater good of Scottish football”
Rangers chief executive Charles Green has called for clubs to pursue an alternative to the proposed 12-12-18 restructure of Scottish football.

The Scottish Football Association are set to vote on whether to push on with the mooted changes in January, but Green believes a 14-14-14 league system would be the fairer option.

The Englishman has cited the fact that Gers would likely remain in the third tier even should they finish top of the Third Division this season as evidence that the SFA are “sleep-walking into a solution”.

"It seems absurd that, when most fans are so implacably opposed to the model, their views are being cast aside," Green told the club’s official website.

"The recent widespread debate on the reconstruction of Scottish football has been welcome and I am glad that Ally McCoist and myself have contributed and helped stimulate discussion rather than watch everyone sleepwalk into a solution that very few, if any, football fans across Scotland want.

"To be absolutely clear, it would have been easy for me, on behalf of Rangers, to support this model. There is no model on the table that offers our club a potentially quicker route back to the highest echelons of Scottish football.

"However, I believe that while all clubs have to look out for their own interests, the greater good of Scottish football cannot be ignored.

"I would like to set out what Rangers believes to be a workable way forward that may appeal to fans of all clubs.

"First, we think any reconstruction should be implemented not next season but the following season so that every club knows what it is playing for at the start of the season.

"Secondly, we believe that further consideration should be given to a 14-14-14 model, which can be constructed in a way that ensures there is no loss of games but will deliver greater competition through the leagues, particularly with the implementation of play-offs.

"Finally, I am fully aware of the unique challenges a club the size of Rangers face in Scotland. That is why we must explore all options for the long-term, including playing outwith Scotland."