Southern not expecting SPL U-turn

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Hearts managing director David Southern believes a rethink about Rangers is unlikely
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Hearts managing director David Southern believes a rethink about Rangers is unlikely

Hearts managing director David Southern does not expect any meaningful discussion about the possibility of accepting newco Rangers or forming a second tier when Scottish Premier League clubs meet on Monday.

Reports have claimed that the possibility of overturning the previous rejection of the Ibrox club would be discussed at the league's annual general meeting after 25 Scottish Football League clubs voted against a plan to put them in the Irn-Bru First Division.

"Anything's possible for discussion but certainly nothing has been mentioned to us as a club that that is on the agenda for discussion," Southern told BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound programme. "We think it would be a very, very short discussion indeed. We certainly do not plan to go over any old ground."

SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster has warned that relaunching Rangers in the Third Division would cost the game about £16million in annual income.

Doubts remain over the destiny of Charles Green's Rangers despite the emphatic vote at Hampden on Friday but Southern does not expect any talk of a U-turn to be seriously entertained.

Hearts were among 10 SPL clubs to reject Sevco Scotland's application to acquire Rangers' share in the competition on July 4.

"The most important thing for Scottish football now is that we move on," Southern said. "We are focused on the new season. Rangers, as has been elected, will play in Division Three."

He added: "That's how it stands at the moment and that's how we fully expect it to stand at five o'clock on Monday evening."

SFL clubs were previously told that moves to form an SPL2 could follow any rejection of the First Division plan put forward by the football authorities.

But Southern said: "It has certainly not been mentioned to us as a club and it's not particularly something we would be looking to entertain."

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