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Inverness and Aberdeen no to newco votes consign Rangers to lower leagues

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In an open letter to Inverness Caley fans, Kenny Cameron said: “The Rangers situation has resulted in a huge volume of letters, emails and phone calls to me from Caley Thistle supporters – so many that I cannot reply individually, though all have been given due consideration and the board fully appreciates our fans’ strength of feeling on the issue.

“Similarly, all the posts on the fans’ website have been noted. This week we consulted with the Supporters Trust, whose input is particularly important to us.

“It is fair to say that those who say that Rangers have been punished sufficiently are in an extremely small minority of all the representations received.

“The directors of the club have taken all the comments on board. Our final decision on the issue will be taken based on the views of supporters and the Supporters Trust combined with what we think is best for our club from a business perspective and for Scottish football in general.

“This is an extremely busy period, otherwise I would have taken time to reply to all of our fans who have taken the trouble to contact me. Their views will not be arbitrarily dismissed. Meanwhile, as events continue to unfold, the board will continue to assess the situation on an ongoing basis.”

On the same day as their northern neighbours, Aberdeen have issued their intentions to vote against Rangers readmission after initial rumblings were dismissed by Stewart Milne earlier in the week.

In a statement released via the official Aberdeen website, chairman Stewart Milne said: “As we indicated two weeks ago there are many matters that have to be resolved regarding Rangers. 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 Rangers NewCo. 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.

“One of our major objectives has to be to work with everyone concerned to ensure that the commercial challenges that this case has and will continue to cause can be mitigated as far as they possibly can so that sporting integrity can be the overriding factor.

“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.”

With the five votes needed to block Rangers admission into the SPL already secured, Rangers will either be playing First Division football next year if plans which are afoot are met with acceptance from the SFL member clubs otherwise they will have to bid for their place in the Third Division. The planned meeting on the 4th July is now a mere formality for Rangers and the SPL.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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