SPL clubs prepare to vote on Rangers future

The Ibrox club are hoping to be reinstated to the Scottish top flight following their relaunch under a new holding company by owner Charles Green
SPL clubs will meet on Wednesday to vote on whether Rangers will be allowed to compete in the Scottish top flight next season.

The Glasgow club have been forced to reapply for inclusion in the league after they were launched as a newco following their liquidation and subsequent purchase by Charles Green.

Green has repeatedly cited the severity of the financial challenges Rangers' exclusion would bring upon other SPL sides as a reason for their status to be restored.

However, several clubs have openly declared that they will fight the Ibrox giants' readmission to the league, which they would need eight votes from the 12 league clubs to secure.

But, following Green's proposal of a points deduction and transfer ban for Rangers, it is unclear whether any clubs' stance has changed.

The only side to have dismissed Green's plea were St Johnstone, who insist they will still vote against newco Rangers becoming a member of the SPL.

Plans have also been mooted for the Glasgow side to drop into the Scottish First Division and make a payment of £1 million to all Scottish Football League clubs, though these are also heavily opposed.

The clubs currently expected to vote against Rangers' reinclusion are Aberdeen, Dundee United, Hibernian, Inverness, St Johnstone and St Mirren.