ANDREW VORCE - Tuesday, June 26, 2012
After 140 years of soccer history, it looks like Rangers FC will cease to exist, affecting three American players.
Early last week Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) rejected the final deal that would allow Rangers FC to survive. Rejecting Rangers' Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) offer means that the entity of Rangers Football Club PLC will vanish.
Charles Green of Servco, the consortium that purchased the rights to Ibrox Stadium and Murray Park has rebranded the club to "The Rangers FC" and has applied to let their new club play inside the Scottish FA. By purchasing the rights to the club, this new entity will retain all rights to the staff of Rangers FC including playing staff.
Rangers players Steven Naismith and Steven Whittaker have already voiced their concerns and turned down their contracts, based on the fact that The Rangers FC has no idea where the SFA will allow them to play in their first season.
In order to play in the Scottish Premier League, The Rangers FC will need eight out of 12 clubs to vote them in. The likelihood of such an act with at least five clubs - led by Heart of Midlothian FC owner Vladimir Romanov and the board of directors of Dundee United FC - suggesting they would not back the inclusion of The Rangers FC into the SPL.
Kilmarnock, Inverness, Motherwell and Saint Mirren have all announced that they will go with their fans wishes when voting on whether or not The Rangers FC will be voted into the First Division, while Falkirk FC Chairman Martin Ritchie has been vocal about his willingness to vote against the inclusion as well.
If both Leagues were to vote against The Rangers FC they would be likely given entry into the Scottish Football League Division Three. The American trio of captain Carlos Bocanegra - rumored to be heading to Vancouver in MLS, center midfielder Maurice Edu, and rising talent Alejandro Bedoya would all need to reassess their playing future if they are to stay at Ibrox Stadium.
The Rangers FC will learn their fate on the July 4th when the Scottish Premier League meets to decide on the new club's future.