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Racing tips for Aintree day one by Peter Scudamore and Sam Turner

Countrywide Flame can light up Aintree… Sportsmail's experts dissect day one

By
Sam Turner and Peter Scudamore

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21:04 GMT, 3 April 2013

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21:04 GMT, 3 April 2013

The decision to switch the John Smith’s Aintree Hurdle to the opening day of the National meeting looks a smart move as the track is rewarded with a tremendous renewal.

Countrywide Flame (Aintree, 3.05), Zarkandar and Grandouet represent the Champion Hurdle form, while star novice The New One, a classy winner of the Neptune Investments Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, adds further glamour.

The celebrated quartet are supplemented by Oscar Whisky and Thousand Stars, first and second in both the last two renewals, to give the contest even further depth.

In form: Countrywide Flame will be suited to the step up in trip Aintree provides

In form: Countrywide Flame will be suited to the step up in trip Aintree provides

This lofty level of competition means selecting a winner is anything but straightforward.

However, Countrywide Flame did enough at Cheltenham to suggest he can mix it at this level and the step up in trip should suit a horse who was narrowly denied in the marathon Flat handicap, The Cesarewitch, last autumn.

I like the fact that John Quinn’s horses are in rude health, their wellbeing advertised by a Lincoln Handicap win for Levitate at Doncaster on Saturday, and the selection has already run with great credit at today’s venue when a game second to Grumeti in the opener 12 months ago.

Warne (Aintree, 3.40) caught the eye at Fairyhouse with a stylish defeat of Tammys Hill under Mikey Fogarty and could prove the answer to the Fox Hunters’ Chase with the drying going over the National course likely to play to his strengths. He looks to have the touch of class required to win.

Tony Martin enjoyed a wonderful Cheltenham with two winners and Pires (Aintree, next best, 4.15) can strike for the shrewd Irish handler in a warm renewal of the Red Rum Chase.

Hot contest: Zakandar (left) and Countrywide Flame (right) will renew battle in the Aintree Hurdle

Hot contest: Zakandar (left) and Countrywide Flame (right) will renew battle in the Aintree Hurdle

A flat two miles on decent ground are the nine-year-old’s optimum conditions and I’m hoping his ability to travel well off a strong pace before displaying a change of gear are two attributes which come into play this afternoon.

Sixty Something (Aintree, nap, 5.25) is a sporting nap in the finale as he stuck to his task well to score at Market Rasen last time and has a seven-length win over course and distance to his name, courtesy of an easy victory in a hood last October.

SCU'S VIEW – Peter Scudamore's verdict on the 2.30 Aintree Betfred Bowl Chase

Favourites have a poor record in the Betfred Bowl Chase with only one winning in the last 10 years but I still think market leader Silviniaco Conti will be tough to beat.

The seven-year-old, trained by Paul Nicholls, seemed to be going best of all when falling three fences out in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

One to watch: The Paul Nicholls-trained Silviniaco Conti will be tough to beat in the Betfred Bowl Chase

One to watch: The Paul Nicholls-trained Silviniaco Conti will be tough to beat in the Betfred Bowl Chase

Some had questioned his ability to handle that undulating track — something he clearly did — but his record on flat left-handed tracks this season is three from three.

The unknown is how much the Gold Cup run took out of him but he should have too much speed for Gold Cup fourth and fifth, The Giant Bolster and Cape Tribulation.

Quito De La Roque commands respect as a novice winner here at the 2011 meeting who is fresh having by-passed the Cheltenham Festival. He may be more of a threat than fellow Irish raider Flight Lieutenant, the Ryanair Chase runner-up.

Coventry City deducted 10 points

Sky Blues falling down! Crisis club Coventry deducted 10 points by Football League

By
Paul Collins

PUBLISHED:

15:54 GMT, 28 March 2013

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UPDATED:

15:54 GMT, 28 March 2013

Coventry City have been deducted 10 points after entering administration.

The deduction leaves the Sky Blues in 15th place in League One.

A statement from the Football League read: 'The Football League can confirm that Coventry City Football Club have been deducted 10 points, in accordance with its rules and regulations.

Tough task: Steven Pressley (left) recently took over as Coventry manager

Tough task: Steven Pressley (left) recently took over as Coventry manager

'This Sporting Sanction has been implemented with immediate effect. Coventry City have seven days in which to appeal.

'The League has now begun discussions with the administrator aimed at achieving a sustainable future for the club within The Football League.'

Coventry had earlier reached a short-term agreement to play their three remaining home games this season at the Ricoh Arena.

Amid an ongoing row between the Sky Blues and Arena Coventry Limited (ACL), who manage the stadium and claim to be owed over 1.3million in unpaid rent stretching back 12 months, the npower League One outfit last week placed a non-operating subsidiary of the club into administration.

That subsidiary, Coventry City Football Club Limited, held the lease and licence for the Ricoh Arena, covering permission to play home matches at the stadium as well as the rental of the club shop and offices, which have already been emptied, with all staff having moved to their Ryton training ground.

Up against it: The Sky Blues have been deducted 10 points

Up against it: The Sky Blues have been deducted 10 points

It sparked speculation and uncertainty over where City would play their remaining home fixtures this term, starting with tomorrow’s visit of league leaders Doncaster.

But a statement released this morning read: “Coventry City Football Club Holdings Ltd are pleased that an agreement has been reached with ACL and the administrator that enables us to play our last three remaining home matches at the Ricoh Arena.

'We apologise profusely to our fans about the confusion surrounding these fixtures and are delighted that this has now been resolved.

'We can now look forward to playing current league leaders Doncaster on Friday 29th March in the hope of doing the double over them.

'Moving forward we hope that we can continue a constructive dialogue with ACL with the aim of securing a sustainable future for the club at the Ricoh Arena.'

The final line of Coventry's statement suggests the club's long-term future may still lie at the venue, which is jointly owned by the Alan Edward Higgs Charity and Coventry City Council.

The lengthy row centres around Coventry's refusal to pay an annual rental fee of 1.28m, the highest in both League One and the Championship by some considerable distance, while also bemoaning the fact they do not get access to 100 per cent of matchday revenue.

After negotiations collapsed, Coventry and hedge fund owners Sisu found themselves in the High Court in London last Friday battling against an application for administration submitted by ACL.

That initial hearing was adjourned, just hours after City placed their non-operating subsidiary into administration – although insisting it is business as usual as Coventry City Football Club (Holdings), which they claim holds the crucial 'golden shares' which provide membership to the Football League and FA, operates as normal.

ACL on Tuesday returned to the High Court and asked for their own application for an administration order to be dismissed.

They claim to have it on good authority from the Football League and the Football Association that Coventry's 'golden shares' do in fact still lie with Coventry City Football Club Ltd, which has already gone into administration, hence the withdrawal of their application.

All eyes are now on the Football League, who are yet to make an official verdict on the matter, with Coventry appearing to face the prospect of a 10-point deduction.

The Sky Blues are currently 10th in League One, five points off the play-offs, with a 10-point penalty certain to end their promotion hopes for this term.

Mark Halsey referee Callum McManaman tackle Massadio Haidara pulled from Premier League

Ref Halsey DROPPED to League One after Haidara horror tackle at Wigan

By
David Kent

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01:43 GMT, 26 March 2013

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UPDATED:

07:59 GMT, 26 March 2013

Mark Halsey, the official who did not send off Callum McManaman for his high tackle on Massadio Haidara, has not been given a Barclays Premier League game to referee this weekend.

Halsey did not issue a red card to Wigan striker McManaman during his side's 2-1 win over Newcastle on March 17 because, he said later, his view of the challenge on Haidara was blocked.

Shocker: Halsey failed to punish Wigan's Callum McManaman for this 'challenge' on Massadio Haidara

Shocker: Halsey failed to punish Wigan's Callum McManaman for this 'challenge' on Massadio Haidara

Dropped: Halsey will take charge of Friday's League One clash between Coventry and Doncaster

Dropped: Halsey will take charge of Friday's League One clash between Coventry and Doncaster

Because of the international break, this weekend will be the first round of Premier League fixtures since the incident, and Halsey's only top-flight outing will be as the fourth official for Reading's trip to Arsenal.

McManaman's tackle was greeted with outrage, but could not be punished in retrospect by the Football Association because one of Halsey's two assistants saw the incident, provoking a debate about the merits of disciplinary system.

Halsey will referee Friday's npower League One game between Coventry and Doncaster.

Swindon appoint Kevin MacDonald as manager

Swindon announce former Aston Villa caretaker MacDonald as Di Canio replacement

By
Jonathan Veal, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

20:35 GMT, 28 February 2013

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UPDATED:

20:35 GMT, 28 February 2013

Maiden voyage: MacDonald becomes a permanent manager for the first time

Maiden voyage: MacDonald becomes a permanent manager for the first time

Swindon have appointed former Republic of Ireland assistant Kevin MacDonald as their new manager.

The 52-year-old, who was caretaker manager at Aston Villa in 2010, has been handed the reigns at the County Ground after Paolo Di Canio resigned last week.

MacDonald inherits a Swindon side who are fourth in npower League One and just three points behind leaders Doncaster and will be in charge of Saturday's trip to Coventry.

'This is a hugely important appointment at a significant moment in Swindon's recent history and we are delighted to appoint a football man of Kevin's calibre as our new manager,' said chairman Jed McCrory, who took over the Wiltshire club this month.

'This is a clear message that the new board is determined to drive on for promotion this season and continue to try and bring success to Swindon.

'Kevin has fantastic football credentials as a double-winner with Liverpool during his playing days and he is an excellent coach.

Stuttering: Swindon were beaten by lowly Bury in midweek and have picked up just one point from their last two games

Stuttering: Swindon were beaten at home by lowly Bury in midweek and have picked up just one point from their last two games

'He has great connections with top players and he is a proper football man. We have every faith for Kevin now to lead Swindon from the front at a pivotal moment in the campaign.

'It is a new start for Kevin and for our new board of Directors and we move forward together with every confidence.'

MacDonald, a midfielder in his playing days, was a member of the 1986 double-winning side at Liverpool, while he was involved with the Ireland set-up during Steve Staunton's reign.

Frankie Dettori to ride Camelot at L"Arc de Triomphe

Dettori drafted in to ride O'Brien's Camelot at L'Arc de Triomphe

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14:14 GMT, 3 October 2012

In the saddle: Jockey Frankie Dettori will ride Camelot

In the saddle: Jockey Frankie Dettori will ride Camelot

Frankie Dettori has sensationally been called up to ride Aidan O’Brien’s Camelot in Sunday’s Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe.

The Italian replaces O’Brien’s son Joseph, who has ridded the dual Derby winner in all his six races, including his first defeat in last month’s St Leger.

The booking is the first time Dettori has ridden for O’Brien and his Coolmore Stud owners since winning the 2005 St Leger on Scorpion.

In the immediate aftermath, Dettori apologised to his Godolphin boss Sheik Mohammed for the perceived disloyalty of riding for their arch rivals at a time when relations between the two superpowers of European racing was at an all-time low.

The booking of Dettori was officially confirmed by O’Brien’s wife Anne-Marie, who tweeted: ‘We were pleased with the work of both St Nicholas Abbey and Camelot this morning in Ballydoyle and hope to run both in the Arc on Sunday.

‘St Nicholas Abbey will be ridden by Joseph and Camelot will be ridden by Frankie Dettori.’

Camelot's participation in the Arc had been up in the air since his defeat in the St Leger at Doncaster, when he was prevented from claiming the Triple Crown by Godolphin’s Encke.

Going for glory: Camelot will look to win the L'Arc de Triomphe

Going for glory: Camelot will look to win the L'Arc de Triomphe

But he convinced Aidan O’Brien to give him the green light to run after a work-out under Joseph on Wednesday morning.

Camelot will be a 25th consecutive Arc ride for Dettori , who has won the Longchamp race with Lammtarra (1995), Sakhee (2001) and Marienbard (2002).

The son of Montjeu adds a much-needed touch of quality to an Arc which has recently seen the high-profile defections of Danedream, Nathaniel and Snow Fairy.

There had been rumours that Danedream could yet be supplemented back into the race at a cost of 100,000 euro owing to some sort of mix-up at Cologne but they have been denied by the German filly’s team.

Chris Hughton dedicates Norwich win to John Bond

That was for you, John: Hughton dedicates narrow Norwich win to Bond

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22:25 GMT, 26 September 2012

Chris Hughton felt Norwich had paid a fitting tribute to former manager John Bond as they booked a place in the last 16 of the Capital One Cup with a 1-0 win over Doncaster at Carrow Road.

There had been a minute's silence before kick-off this evening in memory of the Canaries legend, who was in charge for a seven-season spell from the mid-1970s, leading the Norfolk club to the League Cup final.

Alexander Tettey marked his debut with a fine strike midway through the first half which proved enough to see off Dean Saunders' npower League One side and set up a home tie with Tottenham.

In front: Alexander Tettey (left) scored Norwich's winner against Doncaster

In front: Alexander Tettey (left) scored Norwich's winner against Doncaster

'When I came to this club in the summer, the first name you think of as former managers is John Bond,' Hughton said.

'If I am able to be at this club anywhere near as long as John was, then I would be incredibly lucky. He will be thought of very fondly by a lot of people.'

Hughton was part of the Tottenham side which played against Bond's Manchester City in the 1981 FA Cup final.

He added: 'It was fitting that Norwich won, but also there was a nice respect from the crowd for a minute's silence, and we also have to applaud the Doncaster support for that as well.'

Although there was a start for captain Grant Holt, who has yet to score this season, Hughton made the expected sweeping changes, with recent signings Jacob Butterfield and goalkeeper Mark Bunn both coming in, along with on-loan Tottenham striker Harry Kane, who was carried off in the second half with an ankle injury.

On the march: Norwich celebrate as they progress to the fourth round

On the march: Norwich celebrate as they progress to the fourth round

Norwich created plenty of chances, but were thwarted by Rovers goalkeeper Gary Woods and some last-gasp defending.

'We should have had a few more goals, but it is not as if we had clear-cut chances,' said Hughton.

'At 1-0, they are still in the game, and then it can become a bit tense, so we could have made life easier for ourselves.'

Ghana-born Norway midfielder Tettey was signed from Rennes, but had to wait for his chance to showcase his talents.

'The 90 minutes was probably more important for him than the goal, and I was pleased for him because he did very well,' said Hughton.

Asked about the next cup tie against his former club, Hughton said: “It will be tough, but it will be a great occasion with a big crowd here against a quality Premier League team.

'We won't be favourites, but we will go into the tie doing the best we can to reach the quarter-finals.'

Norwich hope Kane's injury will not prove too severe.

'There was no contact with the keeper, he just fell as he went for the ball,' Hughton said.

'We are hoping the news in the morning will not be so bad.'

Blow: Harry Kane suffered an injury as Norwich edged out Doncaster

Blow: Harry Kane suffered an injury as Norwich edged out Doncaster

Doncaster almost snatched an equaliser with two minutes left after full-back James Husband darted down the left and his low centre was stabbed goalwards by substitute David Syers, when better contact would have seen the ball in the net rather than the grateful hands of Bunn.

Rovers boss Saunders claimed the South Yorkshire side had done enough to get a positive result.

He said: 'We have created 10 chances away from home, and have not scored. The killer instinct was missing. You have to be ruthless in front of goal. I am sick.

'I felt we could have won the game tonight because they were not at full strength.

'It was an upset waiting to happen. We created the chances, but never took them.'

Capital One Cup third-round draw

Capital One Cup third-round draw: United to host Newcastle in pick of the games

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21:07 GMT, 30 August 2012

Manchester United will host Newcastle in the third round of the Capital One Cup after the draw produced five all Premier League match-ups.

Elsewhere, holders Liverpool will travel to West Brom while Manchester City will welcome Aston Villa to the Etihad.

Giant-killers Swindon, who knocked Stoke out in the last round, have been drawn against Burnley.

Upset: Swindon Town produced one of the big shocks from the second round

Upset: Swindon Town produced one of the big shocks from the second round

CAPITAL ONE CUP THIRD-ROUND DRAW

Manchester United v Newcastle

Manchester City v Aston Villa

MK Dons v Sunderland

West Brom v Liverpool

Crawley v Swansea

QPR v Reading

Norwich v Doncaster

Bradford v Burton

Preston v Middlesbrough

Arsenal v Coventry

Southampton v Sheffield Wednesday

Chelsea v Wolves

Carlisle v Tottenham

Swindon v Burnley

West Ham v Wigan

Leeds v Everton

The ties will be played during the week commencing September 24.

London 2012 Olympics taekwondo: Sarah Stevenson going for glory in parent memory

Stevenson seeks taekwondo gold as tribute to parents

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22:15 GMT, 8 August 2012

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Sarah Stevenson lost both her parents within three months last year. Her father Roy died from a brain tumour last July, her mother Diana from cancer in October.

An Olympic gold medal from the women’s -67kg taekwondo event on Friday cannot fill the hole that their passing left in her heart, but it would be a fitting honour to their memory.

The 29-year-old from Doncaster, who took the Olympic oath on behalf of all 10,863 athletes at the Opening Ceremony, will be supported by her husband Steve, also her coach.

Time to shine: Sarah Stevenson will go for taekwondo gold after winning a bronze in Beijing

Time to shine: Sarah Stevenson will go for taekwondo gold after winning a bronze in Beijing

Stevenson takes on America’s Paige McPherson in her opening contest at the ExCeL Arena and is one of the favourites for gold after dropping down a weight.

She was 2011 welterweight world champion and might also have been the +67kg Olympic champion. In Beijing four years ago, her winning kick into the face of her Chinese opponent was not scored, denying her a quarter-final victory and causing uproar.

Honour: Stevenson gives an oath during the Opening Ceremony

Honour: Stevenson gives an oath during the Opening Ceremony

The decision was eventually reversed but Stevenson was affected by the controversy and ended up with a bronze, not the gold she sought.

She will take to the mat in a sport she began as a seven-year-old in spite of her mother’s wishes.

‘I did it because my older brother Simon did it,’ said Stevenson. ‘My mum didn’t want me to fight at first. She didn’t want her little girl fighting.’

Rangers in SFA fold "within 24 hours"

Almost there! Green believes new Rangers will be in SFA fold within 24 hours

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23:20 GMT, 24 July 2012

Charles Green believes that a deal to hand newco Rangers membership of the SFA will be signed and sealed within 24 hours.

It will mean that not only will Sunday’s Ramsdens Cup clash at Brechin go ahead, but also the Ibrox club will be free to sign players ahead of a transfer embargo agreed to come into force on September 1.

Prospective signings Ian Black and Craig Beattie trained at Murray Park, with midfielder Black ready to agree a three-year deal at Rangers as soon as SFA membership is agreed. And last night it was also revealed that the club have offered former Kilmarnock forward Dean Shiels a contract.

Confident: Charles Green (right) is hopeful of a resolution with the SFA

Confident: Charles Green (right) is hopeful of a resolution with the SFA

Ibrox chief executive Green met SFA and Scottish Premier League counterparts Stewart Regan and Neil Doncaster.

Television rights to Rangers games in the Third Division, a transfer embargo and the SPL’s dual contracts investigation have all been obstacles to a speedy agreement.

But Green reported only a number of ‘minor points’ to clear with the SPL and said: ‘We are making good progress now. I spoke to Stewart Regan this morning. I have also just spoken to Neil Doncaster and I am going to be meeting them both later today.

‘I am really hopeful now that, within the next 24 hours, we can have this thing signed and sealed so Alistair (McCoist) can start loading his players on a team coach to go and win a game on Sunday.

‘Most of the things are clear to all of the parties. The EBT (Employee Benefit Trust) issue was never with the SFA — it was really with the SPL.
‘As far as I am concerned, we have no outstanding issues with the SFA.
‘We have no issues with the football league, just some minor points to resolve with the SPL, and I’m hopeful we can do that today.’

Prospective signing: Craig Beattie has been training with Rangers

Prospective signing: Craig Beattie has been training with Rangers

An announcement on the SFA membership of Rangers is expected within the coming days — as Brechin City hold their breath over the sell-out clash being placed in doubt.

Vice-chairman Martin Smith admitted: ‘I’ve been having sleepless nights and every day I wake up expecting a phone call or text saying they have the licence and we can play.

‘We are going on the assumption that the game will go ahead. If we have bad weather and we are fighting against frost and snow, we still make the right preparations. This is no different. Everything has been put in place.

‘We have not done the budget yet for this year but, obviously, with this game in mind, we could have a great start to the season. We have sold more season tickets and that, allied with money coming from BBC Alba television, would make a huge difference.’

David Southern dismisses Rangers" SPL hopes

Southern pours cold water on Rangers' SPL hopes ahead of crunch meeting

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16:22 GMT, 14 July 2012

Hearts managing director David
Southern does not expect any meaningful discussion about the possibility
of accepting newco Rangers or forming a second tier when Scottish
Premier League clubs meet on Monday.

Reports today claimed that the
possibility of overturning the previous rejection of the Ibrox club
would be discussed at the league's annual general meeting after 25
Scottish Football League clubs voted against a plan to put them in the
Irn-Bru First Division.

SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster
has warned that relaunching Rangers in the Third Division would cost the
game about 16million in annual income.

Dedicated: Rangers fans hold up a banner praising boss Ally McCoist

Dedicated: Rangers fans hold up a banner praising boss Ally McCoist

Doubts remain over the destiny of Charles Green's Rangers despite the emphatic vote at Hampden yesterday but Southern does not expect any talk of a U-turn to be seriously entertained.

Hearts were among 10 SPL clubs to reject Sevco Scotland's application to acquire Rangers' share in the competition on July 4.

'Anything's possible for discussion but certainly nothing has been mentioned to us as a club that that is on the agenda for discussion,' Southern told BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound programme.

'We think it would be a very, very short discussion indeed. We certainly do not plan to go over any old ground.

'The most important thing for Scottish football now is that we move on.

'We are focused on the new season. Rangers, as has been elected, will play in Division Three.

'That's how it stands at the moment and that's how we fully expect it to stand at five o'clock on Monday evening.'

Bearers of bad news: The Scottish FA and Scottish football league have said Rangers will start in the Third Division next season

Bearers of bad news: The Scottish FA and Scottish football league have said Rangers will start in the Third Division next season

SFL clubs were previously told that moves to form an SPL2 could follow any rejection of the First Division plan put forward by the football authorities.

But Southern said: 'It has certainly not been mentioned to us as a club and it's not particularly something we would be looking to entertain.'

Southern views the SFL decision as the 'beginning of the end' but some of those who attended the SFL meeting are not convinced.

Scottish Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan warned after the SPL vote that he could not allow the game to suffer a 'slow, lingering death' caused by making Rangers start again from the bottom tier.

And Third Division Clyde do not expect to be facing the Ibrox club next season.

Shadow of its former self: Rangers' future is uncertain

Shadow of its former self: Rangers' future is uncertain

A statement on the club's website read: 'We reported prior to the vote that Sevco Scotland Ltd will not be playing in the Third Division in the coming season. Nothing heard altered that opinion, in fact, it strengthened it.

'We were asked to respect the confidentiality of those presenting as only that agreement would allow them to be as candid as they were.

'We cannot therefore share what was said, however Mr Green left the SFL member clubs in no doubt about what he had been told by the SFA.

'The SFL saw a level of unity and unselfishness that owes significant credit to the First Division clubs who stated their intention to seek a 42-club solution and not to take part in a divisive alternative.

'This kind of unity, if maintained, will help deliver the change that the game so badly needs and the First Division clubs in particular will merit.

'If the SFA now act to support any process to undermine the clear views of the SFL members, who are also members of the SFA, then this club will join others in questioning those in leadership.

Long way back: Rangers boss Ally McCoist

Long way back: Rangers boss Ally McCoist

'Sadly for our game, this saga is not over, teams cannot plan and that includes Rangers, who may yet be denied the opportunity to play football in SFL3 because it suits the interests of others.'

Regan last night issued a statement calling for 'innovative thinking' to overcome the financial consequences of the decision and called for an outcome that enables the game to move on with 'consensus, clarity and confidence'.

But there was no reassurance that the SFA would accept the decision and the governing body will have a major say.

They have still to approve Green's application to assume Rangers' membership of the association with disciplinary action against the original company also unresolved. Annan Athletic, another of the potential opponents for newco Rangers next season, share Clyde's scepticism.

Better days: Paul Gascoigne in action for Rangers

Better days: Paul Gascoigne in action for Rangers

'Like many other clubs we are suspicious that the SFL's decision to place Rangers in Div 3 may not be final,' they said in a statement.

'We were delighted to hear the unanimous response from all 10 First Division clubs who stated that they are only interested in a 42-club resolution.

'For any CEOs or others who are unsure what that means, bluntly it is 'stick SPL2 where the sun don't shine and do not even attempt to pull a 16-team stunt move'.

'Another scenario that wouldn't astonish us is for Rangers to be invited back into the SPL.'

Annan added: 'The SFL clubs showed considerable strength, conviction and unity to reach their decisions, we now expect the SFA to support the decision of their member clubs, member clubs who through no fault of their own had the problem thrust upon us.'