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Rangers now face mass exodus of players and staff

The decision yesterday by the SFL to allow new Rangers "Sevco Scotland" to play in Third Division has already had casualties before and after the vote.

Steven Davis, Kyle Lafferty, Jamie Ness, Steven Whittaker and Steven Naismith are a few of the players who have already moved on.

Dorin Goian is the latest to target an Ibrox departure after Rangers were voted into the third division of Scottish football.

The defender's revelation marks a big U-turn after he vowed to remain at the financially-stricken club on Friday if they were admitted to the first division.
The saving grace of the Scottish Premier League for the 15 years plus is that there had at least been two teams capable of winning the division.

The old form rivalry between Rangers and Celtic has been the backbone on which TV media deals have helped finance Scottish Football for viewers and fans from around the world.

Twenty-five out of the 30 teams in the Scottish Football League voted in favour of the Glasgow giants dropping down to the third tier on Friday and there is a further fear that Rangers fans will now boycott away games further reducing revenues.

The SPL chief executive is reported to have expressed concerns on the financial impact about Rangers playing in the Third Division next season.

"Neil Doncaster told the SFL clubs that the SPL would not allow Rangers to join the Third Division as the loss of £16m would not be countenanced,"

"He is also on record as having said that a 16-team league would cost £20m. Therefore we can hardly have confidence that the focus on finance will allow these proposals to come to life.

"Given that the SPL and SFA have signalled a clear intention to act against any decision that might result in Sevco Scotland Ltd being admitted to the Third Division...We can expect that, no matter what the SFL clubs decide, Sevco Scotland will not be playing in the Third Division in the coming season."

The saga is sure to rumble on and despite Ally McCoist rallying call on Sky Sports News this morning, top managers look for top clubs and without a settled squad he faces a difficult task with the start of the season so close.

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