Caley to vote against Rangers

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Inverness are the latest club to come out against Rangers' SPL application
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Inverness are the latest club to come out against Rangers' SPL application

Inverness have joined the growing ranks of clubs who will reject an application from a newco Rangers to join the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

Caley Thistle are the fourth club to confirm their opposition following Dundee United, Hearts and Hibernian. A fifth would consign Charles Green's club to starting life outside the top flight.

A statement from the Highland club read: "Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC has completed their consultation exercise and consideration of its options in relation to the upcoming SPL vote on July 4. The club will be voting 'no' to an application for SPL entry from a new company which has acquired the assets of Rangers following the liquidation of the previous company."

The statement continued: "Having considered all the options and following a very productive discussion with the supporters trust board, members the ICTFC directors are unanimous in their decision."

Motherwell have entrusted members of their fans' ownership group with the decision while St Mirren have launched a formal consultation with supporters.

Kilmarnock's Michael Johnston is the only chairman to make clear his support for Green's bid but the Ayrshire club subsequently launched a consultation exercise with fans.

If Motherwell fans follow the Inverness support, the application will be doomed to failure by the weekend, and Green's hopes may not last that long as St Johnstone were today reported to be on the verge of making their opposition clear.

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% 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.

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