McCoist calls for end to punishment
Updated Friday, 6th July 2012
Rangers manager Ally McCoist does not want to play in the Irn-Bru Third Division - but admits it would give him a better chance to rebuild the club.
McCoist fears the Ibrox newco may have to start life in the First Division under transfer embargo - a situation he called "madness". The club say they lost 11 players who refused to transfer their contracts after Rangers went into liquidation and McCoist called for an end to the "punishment".
McCoist told RangersTV: "I have had something in the region of six players turn up for pre-season training. Two of them would be considered regulars last year. We have to rebuild, so SFL3 would give us a better chance to rebuild."
Scottish Football League clubs will vote whether to accept the newco club next Friday with the First Division looking the likely destination after Scottish Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan said he could not allow the financial consequences of the Govan club relaunching in the Third.
McCoist added: "They might want to put us into SFL1 with more sanctions. I don't know if that's the case but we've got a transfer embargo hanging over us.
"It's impossible. How can I have a transfer embargo with six players? That is just absolute madness. All I would ask for is to be treated the same as everyone else."
McCoist says he will accept whatever the SFL decide but pointed out that most Rangers fans want the Third Division.
"The vast majority of SPL chairmen have been listening to their supporters, which is great - I'm all for it," he said. "We had a meeting with our supporters and the vast majority of them - in the region of 75-80 per cent - have said, 'enough is enough, let's go to SFL3'.
"Our good friends at Celtic across the city issued a statement that stated that integrity was of paramount importance to Scottish football and we totally agree with that, and I would imagine the vast majority of all SPL chairmen agree with that statement."