Rangers will not play in the SPL whilst I am in charge, insists Green

The outspoken chief executive says he cannot "forgive and forget" over the SFA's decision to relegate the Ibrox club as punishment for their relaunch as a newco
Rangers chief executive Charles Green has insisted he is against the club rejoining the SPL during his reign.

The Englishman has been openly critical of the Scottish Football Association's decision to relegate Rangers to the third tier following their liquidation and subsequent relaunch as a newco.

And, despite recently revealing his hope that the Ibrox outfit could return to the Champions League following Celtic's exploits against Barcelona, Green has now suggested he does not want a top-flight return.

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“While I’m chief executive, Rangers will not play in the Scottish Premier League,” said Green, speaking to talkSPORT.

“The chief executive of the SFA, Stewart Regan, has said there will have to be some restructuring in Scottish football. It’s no secret the SPL have been working on a plan and I understand the Football League have got their vision for change in Scottish football. It has to change because it’s in a mess.

“It’s really difficult for me to take seriously the SPL re-structure. They threw us out of the league and are now pursuing title stripping, and for us to sit down and think that after all that has come to fruition that I will say ‘OK, everything’s forgotten’, you’re in cloud cuckoo land. I don’t forgive and forget.

“[If that situation arose], I would go out to the fans, as we did earlier in the year, when they were consulted as to what division they wanted to play in. They wanted to play in the Third Division and we as investors listened to them and were happy to do that.

“And we would go back to them again. But my position wouldn’t have changed. If they wanted to go back into the SPL, then fine. But I won’t be Chief Executive.”

The 56 year-old also predicted a big change for the structure of Scottish football over the coming years, hinting at the possibility of a Europe-wide league for elite clubs.

“I believe there will be major restructuring,” he continued.

“I’m convinced there will be a European League, maybe not in the next year or two, but in the next five or ten years.

“If you look at the valuations, Manchester United are valued on the New York Stock Market at £1.2 billion. Everton are up for sale at around £300-400 million. So as great as these clubs are, how can they be valued at those amounts and Rangers at only £30 million? It’s inconceivable that those values will remain.

“I got into trouble recently for saying that Aston Villa, and a number of other clubs, make money because they are in the Premier League, but they are not the drivers of that wealth and value.

“The reality is fans want to see the top teams play each other. They want to see Bayern Munich play Barcelona, or Real Madrid play Manchester United, and it’s those games that will drive the future of football.”