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Monday 23 October 2017

Rangers to resume talks on future in Scottish football

Rangers manager Ally McCoist leaves Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow following talks on the future of the club
Rangers manager Ally McCoist leaves Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow following talks on the future of the club

Rangers will continue talks with the football authorities today as their bid to gain membership of the Scottish Football Association remains in abeyance.

There are two obstacles in the way of Charles Green's club signing the agreement with the SFA, which has as a condition the acceptance of a 12-month transfer ban originally handed out to Rangers oldco for bringing the game into disrepute - media rights and the possible stripping of trophies from Ibrox.



Scottish Football League chief executive David Longmuir said he would assess any offer from the Scottish Premier League for the rights to Rangers games in the Irn-Bru Third Division next season. It is believed broadcasters are not keen to sign up to an SPL deal without having access to the Govan club's games.



If SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster was unable to bring Rangers' rights to the negotiating table, the SFL could lose out on their annual £2m settlement fee that was agreed in 1999 when the top clubs split from the league to form the SPL.



It is also believed that several top-flight clubs could face financial problems if there is any reduction or delay in the routine £645,000 payment from the SPL, which is expected on August 6.



Before signing the membership agreement with the SFA, the Ibrox club want the SPL to drop their investigation into alleged dual contracts.



There has to be a five-way agreement between the SFA, SPL, SFL, old Rangers and new Rangers before any deal is sanctioned. And, with Ally McCoist's men due to play their first match against Brechin in the Ramsdens Cup next weekend, time is running out.



The SFL's media agents, IMG, have invited bids from interested parties with today being the deadline and it is understood the SPL will be one of the bidders.



Mr Longmuir said: "We will look at the options we have on Monday and Tuesday.



"If the SPL happen to be one of the bidders we will assess that as well. They are at liberty to pitch to us as anyone else.



"I am comfortable that we will get there this week."



The SPL want an independent commission to rule on whether the Govan club breached regulations with alleged undisclosed payments to players between 2001 and 2010.



Rangers fear an adverse decision could see them stripped of the trophies won during that period.



The Ibrox club and their fans claim they have already been punished enough and on Saturday McCoist said he would "never accept" stripping the club of titles.

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