SPL clubs were pressured into voting against Rangers, says chief executive

Gers chief Charles Green believes many of the sides who voted against the Ibrox outfit's application for re-entry into the Scottish top flight were forced to do so

Rangers chief executive Charles Green believes a number of Scottish Premier League sides were pressured into voting against his club's re-entry into the top flight.

The Ibrox outfit were relaunched as a new company after Green took the reins following their liquidation due to mounting debts.

However, their hopes of continuing as normal were dashed when 10 of the clubs in the league voted against their application, something which Green feels they were forced to do.

"I believe that a number of the clubs were bounced into it," Green told reporters.

"Why, for example, would Ross County spend all their life-time trying to get into the Premier League to find Rangers were not there? It's inconceivable.

"We have seen and heard lots of hypotheses on radio, in newspapers and on TV and we understand fans' feelings.

"But what fans have to understand is what occurred at Hampden over our SPL status when 10 clubs voted against and one abstained.

"[Manager] Ally [McCoist] and I sat there and we know what happened. We know that only half of those clubs wanted Rangers out of that league.

"But we understand what happened and we know the reasons behind it. We understand we have to suffer the punishment for the sins of the forefathers and we have done that.

"What we have to understand is not everyone in that room wanted Rangers out of that league and I know - because I could see glints in eyes - which ones were happy and which ones were not.

"We recognise what happened and when some of these clubs come to Ibrox they will be welcome. When others come, they won't be so welcome."

The Englishman also highlighted Motherwell's plight as an example of the void left by Rangers' top-flight absence and attributed blame to the North Lanarkshire club's fans.

"Motherwell are a club who are suffering financially because Rangers are not in the SPL and we don't believe that Motherwell are anti-Rangers," added Green.

"We believe that there was pressure; they were under pressure from their own fans and they took a decision and we understand that.

"If you had taken all of these external pressures away then Motherwell and other clubs would have voted differently."