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Saturday 18 November 2017

McCoist keen for Rangers to start again in Scottish Third Division

Gavin McCafferty

Ally McCoist is heavily in favour of newco Rangers joining the Irn-Bru Third Division.

McCoist has declared that the "sporting integrity" argument that saw 10 Scottish Premier League clubs reject their top-flight application means Rangers cannot then be re-launched in the First Division.

The Ibrox manager says he needs to sign about a dozen new players and claimed he would have a better chance of rebuilding the club from the bottom as he called for an end to the "punishment".

McCoist followed chief executive Charles Green's lead in saying the club would accept whatever fate the Scottish Football League deal them.

"Like everyone else involved at our club, extremely disappointed is putting it mildly," McCoist said in response to newco Rangers not being admitted to the SPL.

"We are now in the hands of David Longmuir at the SFL, who is certainly a man that Charles and I trust implicitly.

"He is a good honest man that I firmly believe has the best interests of Scottish football at heart, of that there is no doubt.

"Whatever decision they reach we will accept...We had a meeting with our supporters last night and the vast majority of them -- in the region of 75-80pc -- have said enough is enough, let's go to SFL 3."

But Scottish FA chief executive Stewart Regan has insisted he cannot let the Ibrox club kick off in the Third Division or the game will face a "slow, lingering death".

"Is the financial situation more important than the massive integrity and honesty of the Scottish game?" McCoist asked. "Stewart is entitled to his opinion. Short term we don't want to be in SFL3 but we will accept the punishment."

Irish Independent

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