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Mar 14, 2013

Gers fans could boycott away games

Rangers fans could boycott away games next season if the Scottish Football League votes for a restructuring that would see them staying in Scottish Division Three, a supporters chief has warned.

The Ibrox club are runaway leaders of the division in which they started footballing life as a "newco" club this term but would be denied promotion if the mooted 12-12-18 set-up was approved.

That proposal, one idea for the reorganisation of the Scottish game being considered by lower-league clubs, would see the third tier increased to 18 clubs.

The top and second tiers would contain 12, with the 24 clubs becoming three groups of eight after 22 games in order to decide the title, European qualification and relegation.

Rangers have described the plan as "an abomination" and said it would mean "this season will be rendered meaningless".

Rangers Supporters Assembly chief Andy Kerr said an away boycott would almost certainly result if it went through, telling the Scottish Sun: "Even without a call to supporters, I think they would naturally stay away. If it comes to pass, I don't think we'd need to make the call. The majority of supporters would question the point of it.

"The only thing that is pushing this is short-sighted finance. The top 12 clubs are happy because nothing is changing. The teams below them are happy because they are getting a bigger share, while those 17 clubs left along with Rangers are happy. They are rubbing their hands at the thought of the gate money.

"While we want to support our team, serious questions would have to be asked. I think there's a huge risk Rangers fans will simply say: 'Enough is enough.'

"We are trying to work our way back while others are attempting to hold us back and drag us down. I don't believe our fans would stand for it."

He described Rangers' season in Scottish Division Three so far as "an adventure" but said: "The thought of having to go through all that again, having won the league and not been promoted, would have a very negative affect.''

Information from the Press Association was used in this report

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