Rangers chief hopes for a quick exit from Scottish football
As ‘Restructuregate’ rolls on through the halls of the Scottish Football Association, one man has made clear his views and perhaps unsurprisingly, it’s Charles Green.
January 10th, 2013
The chief executive of Glasgow Rangers warned yesterday that his team would be best suited to seek an exit from Scottish football altogether if plans to overhaul the Scottish league pyramid are to go ahead. Representatives from seven Scottish Premier League clubs and eight Scottish Football League clubs met at Hampden with SFA administrators earlier this week, where the new proposal was outlined.
Under the new system, three new leagues would be established by the name of the Premier Division, the Championship and the National League. In a 12-12-18 pyramid, the 24 clubs involved in the top two divisions would then split into 3 groups of eight after 22 matches of the season had passed. The top eight would compete for the Scottish title and for valuable European spots, while the middle group (the Premier Division’s bottom four and Championship’s top four) would compete for their places in the following season’s top two leagues. Those in the third group would then play to stay alive in the Championship or face dropping down into the National League.
Green told the Rangers website: “I can’t see anything that is going to transform the finances, the status or the excitement.
“If this does happen, what is the point of us finishing the season?
“Why should we send players out to get broken noses – like Ross Perry last week – or have players getting surgery when no-one can get promoted and no-one can get relegated?
“We might as well have a winter break from now until August. I can’t see any point in carrying on with meaningless matches.
“In what league do you win a division and then end up playing the same teams again the following season? There is no meaning to it, in reality.”
Aside from his last question – in which one answer would be “The Scottish Premier League” – Green raises a number of interesting questions. His side may be 17 points clear at the top of the Third Division but as long as the Old Firm remains separated, he’ll be unable to reap the big benefits of a successful season as otherwise enjoyed in the current SPL.