Rangers set for SPL rejection as Aberdeen confirm 'no' vote
16:38 GMT, 25 June 2012
Charles Green's Rangers have been effectively consigned to start life outside the Scottish Premier League when Aberdeen became the crucial fifth club to confirm they would vote against a newco application.
Inverness had earlier joined Hearts, Dundee United and Hibernian in making public their intention to vote no.
Green needs seven other clubs as well as the soon-to-be liquidated Rangers to vote in his favour at a meeting next Wednesday and, unless there is a U-turn from at least one chairman, there will be no top-flight football at Ibrox next season.
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Aberdeen chairman Stewart Milne said in a
statement: 'Traditionally we have preferred not to make public our
voting intentions, but in light of the level of interest and the fact
other clubs have chosen to show their hand, on this occasion I can
confirm it is our intention to oppose readmission to the SPL for any
Other clubs are likely to follow suit. Motherwell have entrusted members of their newly-created fans' ownership group with the decision while St Mirren have launched a formal consultation with supporters.
Kilmarnock chairman Michael Johnston previously argued that Rangers had been punished enough but the Ayrshire club subsequently invited supporters to make their feelings known.
Fans have become the key element in the process and the Inverness board earlier came to a unanimous decision after struggling to sell season tickets.
Caley Thistle chairman Kenny Cameron said: 'The past few weeks have been extremely hectic in terms of our supporters and season ticket holders making their views known in great numbers to the club, as is their right. “It is fair to say that in excess of 95 per cent of them raised the issue of sporting integrity as the reason why they don't want the newco to be admitted and had not yet renewed their season tickets.
'Financially, we examined the various scenarios and, frankly, none of them were positive for our club. It is extremely disappointing to be adversely affected by something not of our doing, unfortunately this is a similar situation for the rest of the clubs in SPL.
'We have also been contacted by supporters of various other SPL clubs, saying they would not be back to Inverness if we did not accept that sporting integrity was what mattered, but this is something that we had already considered and it is not only the integrity of the SPL that is at stake but the integrity of Scottish football.'
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Cameron added: 'We would be in a completely untenable position, financially and morally, if we defied the overwhelming demand of our own paying customers who are, after all, what Caley Thistle are all about.'
Attempts to accommodate Rangers in the Scottish Football League had already begun with the Scottish Football Association using the crisis to push ahead with proposals to restructure key elements of the game. #
The SFA want a merger of the two league bodies as well as a pyramid system and a play-off that could see another top-flight club relegated.
Talks have been held between the three bodies that could see Green's club admitted to the Irn-Bru First Division instead of inviting them to apply for entry to the Third Division in a bid to protect commercial income but Falkirk have already stated their objection to such a scenario.
And Aberdeen argued that such major change should be considered more carefully.
Milne said: 'If readmission were to be refused, we believe the appropriate course of action would be for Rangers newco to apply for membership to the SFA and to submit an application for admission to the SFL.'
He added: 'Reorganisation of the game is a priority and is something we have been actively involved in for a long time, but it is not something that should be rushed through just to deal specifically with one club.
'As we have indicated there are a number of other areas that we feel need to be addressed openly in the coming period if Scottish football fans are to feel that their views have been properly taken into account.'
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One pressing issue is which club would complete the make-up of the SPL next season if and when Green's application is rejected. It is understood that the SPL clubs themselves would make that decision and it could be next Wednesday before it is announced.
Dunfermline finished bottom of the SPL last season, and were owed money from Rangers, but Dundee also have a claim having finished second behind promoted Ross County in the First Division.
Meanwhile, the continuing uncertainty could delay a St Mirren takeover until next summer.
The 10,000 Hours community ownership group, who have received financial pledges from more than 1,000 fans, had been hoping to assume control next week but the deal has been delayed.
Members of the group have been asked whether they would be prepared to support the club with increased donations should commercial revenues fall.
The consultation document said: 'Depending on the funding required, this may delay the purchase for a year with your monthly contribution going towards helping the club directly while helping to maintain the integrity of Scottish football.'
February 13 – Rangers lodge their intention to go into administration at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.
February 14 – Rangers appoint administrators Duff and Phelps after a court battle with Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs. They are immediately docked 10 points by the Scottish Premier League, leaving them 14 behind Celtic.
Duff and Phelps reveal that HMRC lodged their petition to take Rangers into administration over the non-payment of about 9million PAYE and VAT since Craig Whyte's 2011 takeover.
February 17 – The Scottish Football Association launch an independent inquiry into the activities of Rangers, specifically whether Whyte is fit and proper to hold a position in the game.
March 2 – The SFA confirm they will investigate claims made by former Rangers director Hugh Adam that payments made to players were not disclosed to the governing body.
March 5 – The SPL confirm that their board have instigated an investigation into the alleged non-disclosure of payments made to players by Rangers, which prompts the SFA to drop their case.
March 8 – The SFA declare Whyte is unfit to hold a position in football and confirm that the club is facing a charge of bringing the game into disrepute.
March 9 – Rangers administrators announce a package of wage cuts with players that prevent substantial job losses.
March 15 – The SFA issue Rangers with notices of complaint over alleged breaches of five disciplinary rules and Whyte over two alleged breaches.
April 4 – Duff and Phelps confirm they have received four bids for the club.
April 23 – Rangers receive a 12-month embargo on signing players and owner Craig Whyte is banned for life.
May 3 – American businessman Bill Miller granted preferred bidder status ahead of the Blue Knights consortium.
May 8 – Miller withdraws bid for Rangers.
May 11 – The Blue Knights withdraw their interest in buying Rangers after their noon ultimatum to Duff and Phelps passes.
May 13 – Administrators announce they have signed a binding contract to sell the club to a consortium led by former Sheffield United chief executive Charles Green.
May 16 – An SFA appeal tribunal rejects Rangers' appeal against a 160,000 fine and 12-month transfer embargo.
May 29 – The SFA transfer ban is ruled unlawful in the Court of Session following a challenge from Rangers. Duff and Phelps publish Green's Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) proposal to creditors.
May 30 – SPL clubs take on responsibility for deciding whether 'newco' clubs should be admitted to the competition but reject fixed penalties.
May 31 – Rangers' administrators provide files requested by SPL in their investigation into undisclosed payments.
June 12 – HMRC announce they will reject the CVA offer and force the club into liquidation.
June 14 – Charles Green completes purchase of Rangers assets and business following the club's liquidation, hours after a consortium led by former manager Walter Smith makes a late bid.
June 15 – Ally McCoist ends speculation about his future at the club following a meeting with Green.
June 18 – SPL confirm a vote on whether to admit newco Rangers to the league will take place on July 4, with provisional fixture list to be released replacing Rangers with 'Club 12'.
June 19 – Walter Smith's group officially end attempts to get Green to sell the club on to them, with Smith having also rejected an invite from Green to join the board.
June 21 – Bury reject reports they could be bought by Rangers as a way of getting the Ibrox club into English football.
June 22 – Hearts and Dundee United indicate their intention to vote against newco Rangers' application to play in the SPL. Meanwhile, a judge at Edinburgh's Court of Session orders a full report into allegations of a conflict of interest for club administrators Duff and Phelps.
June 23 – Green responds to reports that Rhys McCabe and Sone Aluko will object to the transfer of their contracts to the newco by claiming the switches have already been made and there is no legal avenue for players to force a move.
June 24 – Scotland internationals Steven Whittaker and Steven Naismith reject a transfer to the newco and claim they are now free agents. Hibernian confirm they will oppose the newco application.
June 25 – The Crown Office instruct Strathclyde Police to conduct a criminal investigation into Whyte's takeover and the subsequent financial management of the club.
Inverness and Aberdeen take the confirmed opponents to Green's SPL application to five, the number needed to consign the newco club to start life outside the top flight.