Pars against Rangers inclusion

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Dunfermline are not impressed with the prospect of newco Rangers playing in the First Divsion next season

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Dunfermline are not impressed with the prospect of newco Rangers playing in the First Divsion next season

Dunfermline have joined Morton, Falkirk and Raith Rovers in objecting to newco Rangers joining them in the Irn-Bru First Division.

Charles Green is facing the prospect of relaunching the Ibrox club in the Scottish Football League, with an application for entry to the Scottish Premier League set to fail. Seven of the 12 SPL clubs have now gone public with plans to reject the Rangers bid at next week`s formal vote, where the Ibrox club need an 8-4 majority in favour.

Reports on Thursday suggested plans are being put in place that would see Rangers relegated from the SPL to the First Division with immediate effect, rather than start from scratch in Division Three. But Dunfermline are against the idea of seeing the reformed Glasgow club in the second tier.

The Pars - who were relegated from the SPL last season - held an emergency board meeting on Friday and said in a statement: "Matters are currently being progressed in an illogical manner, as the SPL should have met and voted on the Rangers situation definitively.

"Thereafter, if there is to be change, a joint presentation should be made by all the Scottish football governing bodies together and not on an ad hoc basis as at present. The board of DAFC can confirm that it will not be voting in favour of any solution which involves 'Newco' being parachuted into SFL Division 1 next year.

"The revised proposals we have reviewed contain a number of suggestions that are entirely credible in isolation and everyone agrees that the structure of Scottish football must change. But it must be done for the right reasons and not used as some form of bargaining tool.

"The proposal document makes little or no mention of fans or their views, as was the case with the league reconstruction debate, and all these issues must now be put on the table to deliver a credible, equitable and viable solution."

With Rangers unlikely to play in the SPL next season, it has been suggested that the place of "Club 12" will be taken by First Division runners-up Dundee, rather than Dunfermline being reinstated. The Fife club have demanded clarity on the issue from SPL chiefs by July 5.

The statement continued: "As had been speculated, a further proposal now being presented is Dundee taking the place of 'Club 12' in the SPL. DAFC acknowledge that the club was relegated last season as our results on the pitch were simply not good enough.

"we have had no communication whatsoever from the SPL as to the rationale, rule reference or justification as to why Dundee is being proposed to take the place of 'Club 12' rather than DAFC. We are requesting in writing a definitive response from the SPL by the 5th July to allow both ourselves and Dundee to plan for next season."

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