Rangers 1-16 to win back SPL berth in three years
RANGERS are set to start the season in Scottish Division Three after 25 of the SFA’s 30 clubs voted against them joining Scottish Division One and in favour of them joining the fourth tier.
Soon after Friday's verdict was delivered Rangers released a statement suggesting plans for an SPL2 would soon swing into action and that they were expecting to be part of the new set-up. However, later that afternoon they admitted: “It was not known if this (the formation of SPL2) will be the case”.
And statements followed from owner Charles Green and manager Ally McCoist which accepted the decision and looked ahead to a new start on the lowest rung of the Scottish Football League.
The confusion dissuaded many firms from offering fresh prices but Ladbrokes soon quoted 1-20 about the Gers winning Division Three next season and offered 8-1 the field.
The firm expect Rangers to be preparing for an SPL return in three years and go 1-16 about the club winning three successive promotions. They offer 7-4 about McCoist’s men going unbeaten in the league this season and 33-1 that they win every game.
Celtic will lose out in terms of revenue over the next few years but they are likely to benefit in terms of winning trophies.
Paddy Power have installed the Bhoys at 1-5 to win the next five SPL titles and go 11-4 that the club are unbeaten throughout the 2012-13 league campaign.
Paddy Power said his firm hoped Rangers would make a speedy return to the top division but Ladbrokes spokesman Alex Donohoe was less concerned about the ramifications of Rangers’ fall from grace.
He said: “Turnover will be affected by the lack of Old Firm clashes but Rangers’ drop may stimulate interest in the lower levels of Scottish football.
“Also we expect the Celtic and Rangers double to be hugely popular on most weekends.”
By Friday evening it remained unclear whether Division One runners-up Dundee or Dunfermline, the SPL’s bottom club, would be invited to become the 12th member of this season’s SPL.