Rangers ousted from Scottish Premier League
Rival teams barred debt-laden Rangers from playing in the SPL next season.
Rival teams barred debt-laden Rangers from playing in the Scottish Premier League (SPL) next season, breaking the hold they have held on the game in Scotland along with rivals Celtic as part of the 'Old Firm'.
It is not clear where Rangers, Scottish champions a record 54 times and one of the best supported teams in British football, will play next season. They could have to relaunch from the fourth tier of the Scottish game.
" At today's General Meeting, SPL clubs today voted overwhelmingly to reject the application from Rangers newco to join the SPL," the League said in a statement.
Rangers, under new ownership after going into administration in February over unpaid taxes, needed the support of seven other teams to be readmitted to the 12-club SPL.
However, their fate was effectively sealed last week when a number of clubs said they would oppose the move, despite the fact that it would hurt them financially.
The often bitter rivalry between Rangers and fellow Glasgow club Celtic is central to the Scottish game.
The two "Old Firm" clubs have lifted the league title every year since Aberdeen won it in 1985.
The expulsion of Rangers is likely to see BSkyB and ESPN seek to cut the rate of its TV contract, which stipulated a minimum of four Glasgow derbies per season.
It is not yet known which side will take the place of Rangers from the Scottish second division.
"The SPL will have to create an invite for a replacement," Scottish Football League chief executive David Longmuir told BBC Scotland.
"The SFL board will meet tomorrow ahead of a full meeting of clubs next week to decide if the Rangers Newco will be allowed into the Scottish League set up."