Despite only having associate membership of the SFA and having never produced any audited accounts Green wants to see the Third Division leaders catapulted into the second tier of the game referencing the so-called ‘Stranraer Precedent’.
In 1993/94 Stranraer finished top of the 14 team Second Division, finishing the season as the 25th best team in Scotland. With the leagues switching from 10-14-14 to 10-10-10-10 at the end of the season Stranraer were promoted into 20th place in Scotland.
Under Green’s scheme Sevco will by-pass the Second Division and move from the fourth tier of the game into the second. Predictably Green also backs up supports David Longmuir’s plan to introduce Colt teams to the bottom tier further fuelling rumours that the two men are working in tandem with a common goal. Once again the former Sheffield United chief discusses Celtic as part of his golden plan to save the universe and Scottish football.
In a statement on the Sevco website Green said: “The principle of promotion and relegation for the clubs which fall into these categories at the end of this season should be enshrined in any new league set up.
“So, if, as widely predicted, we end up with a 12-12-18 set up, Rangers should be promoted and this promotion should be to the middle tier.
“There is already a precedent for this situation, established by the SFL at the end of the 1993-94 season when Stranraer, winners of the lowest of three divisions, were promoted to the new second tier on the basis they were champions of their division and merited promotion.
Green added: “As we have seen recently many clubs are struggling and the likes of Dunfermline would be given a much-needed financial boost by Rangers playing in their division.
“We are genuinely pleased to have done our bit to assist these clubs financially and have been warmly welcome by SFL clubs. We would like to continue helping the game in Scotland and that’s why I am proposing that a Rangers’ Colts team be admitted to the SFL, and I hope Celtic would also consider doing the same.
“The SFL has shown real leadership in proposing this initiative although it should be pointed out that this was not the result of lobbying from this Club. This is an SFL initiative and is genuinely practical in that it would result in bringing much needed additional income to the game.
Confirming that Sevco haven’t been given any encouragement to join the English Conference or Benelux ladies league Green added: “as chief executive of Rangers, I ‘ave a duty to pursue the interests of this club. I have talked openly in the past about exploring other playing environments and change may well happen at some time in the future but no-one knows when.
“As things stand, we all have a duty to do the best for the game as well as our clubs and that is why I think these proposals would be good for Scottish football. All I ask is that these proposals are discussed and considered in a fair and balanced manner.”
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