Dunfermline stand firm on Rangers newco

Runcorn and Widnes World: Representatives of the 30 SFL clubs are set to decide Rangers' future Representatives of the 30 SFL clubs are set to decide Rangers' future

Dunfermline chairman John Yorkston turned up at Hampden for the crucial vote on the future of Rangers questioning the doomsday scenario put forward if the newco club are not entered into the Irn-Bru First Division.

Representatives from the 30 Scottish Football League clubs made their way to Hampden today for an 11am meeting to establish where Charles Green's newco Rangers will start the forthcoming season.

The vast majority of SFL clubs who have made their views known favour putting Ally McCoist's side into the bottom tier - including Dunfermline, who refused to change their stance despite the package of radical reforms which were revealed on Wednesday as a carrot for clubs to ensure Rangers newco would start afresh in the second tier.

According to Scottish Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan, the placing of the Govan club into the Third Division would bring financial catastrophe and a "slow, lingering death'' of the game.

To that end, the SFA, the Scottish Premier League and the SFL announced a series of proposals which would see the SPL increase to 14 teams for the beginning of season 2013/14, with a mechanism in place to add two more at a later date.

But Yorkston, talking before this morning's meeting, reiterated the stance of Dunfermline and said even if the mooted £16million 'black hole' is correct the SFL clubs will deal with it.

"Dunfermline have made their position clear," he said.

"I think that is the way it has got to go. We need to see what the ramifications are. Obviously other people are looking at the financial situation.

"I don't think everybody necessarily believes those figures we've been given but if the figures are correct it is part of the pain we have to bear."

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