Rangers Giving Thought to Leaving Scottish Football – Chief Executive

Charles Green, Rangers' chief executive, has claimed the club should investigate the prospect of leaving Scottish football. Plans are afoot to implement two divisions of 12 and a bottom tier of 18, possibly as early as next season, in the Scottish game. Rangers object to that and have been irked by the fact they were not invited to talks relating to that issue at Hampden Park on Tuesday.

Even if Rangers win this season's Third Division, as is almost certain, they would remain in the lowest league if reconstruction plans are immediately passed. Green, who previously prompted an instant rebuttal from Manchester United after claiming the Old Trafford club were "not hostile" to Rangers joining the English Premier League, has maintained the theme.

Green told RangersTV: "If this [reconstruction] 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 now until next August. I can't see any point in carrying on with meaningless matches. In what league do you win a division and end up playing the same teams again the following season? There is no meaning to it, in reality."

Green added: "I haven't read anything other than what is in the press and if that is what we have sat here eagerly awaiting to transform Scottish football, my advice to the board of Rangers is the quicker we can leave Scottish football the better. I can't see anything that is going to transform the finances, the status or the excitement."

Green conceded Rangers are short of alternatives to Scotland, but pointed to the ongoing situation in Belgium, with Standard Liege threatening to exit their domestic division and instead play in France. He added: "On first glance, of course, there is nowhere for us to go because Fifa have made their feelings known on cross-border leagues. However, we have noted the comments of Standard Liege recently and what [Celtic chief executive] Peter Lawwell said at his AGM a few weeks ago when he discussed the changes in Europe.

"Hand on heart today there isn't an option, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't start looking for an option. If all we have to look forward to over the next four years is more madness then we would be failing as directors not to explore the alternatives."

On Tuesday evening, a somewhat bizarre article appeared on the Rangers website, written by a member of the club's media department. It stated: "This club, the biggest one in the country, were not invited to take part in talks which will shape the game's future.

"We are then entitled to conclude that this club are not important, which is strange indeed when so many fans of other clubs continue to be obsessed by Rangers, who are simply getting on with their own affairs asking no favour from anyone."

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Ewan Murray, for The Guardian on Wednesday 9th January 2013 18.29 Europe/London

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