European Soccer

Rangers voted into Scotland's fourth tier

Rangers (Reuters Pictures)

Rangers' climb back to the top of Scottish soccer will start at an unprecedented low.

After a vote conducted by 30 Scottish Football League clubs, Rangers will be playing in Division Three — the country's fourth tier — as it starts its rebirth as a new company following the financial turmoil that forced the club into administration and out of the Premier League. Dunfermline or Dundee will replace Rangers in the country's top flight, and 25 of the 30 clubs voted for Rangers to be placed in Division Three, according to the BBC.

The club is already facing a mass exodus of players despite new owner Charles Green's assertion that they are not free to go elsewhere just yet. For Americans Carlos Bocanegra, Maurice Edu and Alejandro Bedoya, the ruling accelerates their urgency to find better playing situations. All have been linked with moves away from the club, something that seems like a certainty now given Friday's vote.

What do you think of this development? Can you see any of the three U.S. internationals staying at Rangers now?

Share your thoughts below.

  • kevdflb

    You’re right.
    It will be a tooth and nail fight for second.
    Celtic and Rangers have finished 1 and 2 or 2 and 1 every single year of the SPL, except for once when Hearts got second.

    Even La Liga hasn’t seen the sort of 2 club domination.


  • kevdflb

    The SPL (and the First and Second divisions) may have lost Rangers, and a bit of money – but they have integrity.


  • kevdflb

    There is no such thing as “EPL division 2.”
    Do you mean the Championship, England’s second league?

    I’d suggest he look for a lower table premier league club, but maybe I’m over-rating him….


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