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Thursday 22 February 2018

Fenlon feels post-Rangers pinch

Jamie Holland

Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon believes that the demise of Rangers means Scottish Premier League clubs will have to tighten their purse-strings next season.

Newco Rangers, who had their Scottish Premier League application rejected last week, will learn tomorrow whether they will be playing in the First Division or Third Division next season.

Around half of the SFL clubs who have made their views known, want the new club to start life in the Third Division, despite Scottish FA chief executive Stewart Regan warning of the "slow, lingering death" of the game if the Govan club were not voted into the second tier.

"I think the Rangers situation has affected everyone," said Fenlon.

"We have got to be careful with what we try to do. We let 14 or 15 players go and we are not going to be in a position to sign that many new players, but we have brought in four and we are hoping we can bring in a few more to strengthen the squad," he added.

Former Manchester United and Colchester goalkeeper Ben Williams yesterday became Fenlon's fourth acquisition of the summer, joining Tim Clancy, James McPake and Paul Cairney at Easter Road.

"Last year was disappointing for the club and so was the one before," the former Bohemians manager said. "When you look around the place, you realise this football club should be doing better and I will do my best to get us back to where we should be."

Meanwhile, Scottish football's bosses have announced a series of proposals for change, including a top flight of 16 clubs if desired, which is hoped will "rejuvenate Scottish football at senior level and safeguard its future." There will also be changes to the size of the other leagues as well as the redistribution of monies, with parachute payments and a pyramid system also on the agenda.

Irish Independent

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