SPL clubs vote against newco Rangers
Scottish Premier League clubs have voted "overwhelmingly" to reject the newco Rangers application.
Following the liquidation of Rangers due to financial problems, SPL clubs met on Wednesday to decide whether to accept an application to allow the new company to take the original club's place. After over five hours' talks, the expected news was delivered.
An SPL spokesman said: "At today's General Meeting, SPL clubs voted overwhelmingly to reject the application from Rangers newco to join the SPL."
The newco Rangers have asked to join the Scottish Football League, and are willing to play in any division.
An array of First Division clubs having made public their opposition to the newco's participation in the second tier, and they may be forced to begin life in the Third Division.
The newco have already suffered a major setback with a number of high-profile players opposing the transferral of their original contracts, and the likes of Steven Whittaker, Kyle Lafferty and Steven Naismith have already departed on free transfers.
SPL clubs will decide who replaces Rangers in the top flight.