Such is the financial turmoil at Glasgow Rangers that team manager Ally McCoist said that dropping down to the fourth tier might be in the best interests of the club.
The 54 times top flight champions are battling against liquidation and heavy sanctions have been imposed on the Ibrox club by the Scottish Football Association this week, including a 12-month transfer embargo.
In the aftermath of this, manager Ally McCoist has stated that it could be in the best interests of the club to drop to the third division, where clubs play part-time football and all players have ‘proper’ jobs.
“If Rangers or anyone else applied for entry into the SFL they would have to go through the same process as Annan, Spartans FC, Preston Athletic and Cove Rangers did four years ago,” Scottish Football League Chief E xecutive David Longmuir told the Daily Record.
“They would have to put a proposal to us on why they should be allowed in and then hope they were voted in by the SFL clubs.
“At the moment it’s difficult for me to comment on Rangers’ situation. But anything that brought excitement and freshness to the SFL would be something I’m interested in.
“In the past we’ve had to assess the likes of Annan, Cove and Preston on the basis of ground criteria, facilities and financial stability.
“So checks have to be done, which would obviously be a bit different if Rangers were involved.
“However, at the moment there is no vacancy in the SFL. Rangers are in administration, which is a situation other clubs have found themselves in and survived.
“The same could happen to Rangers. As a Scottish football supporter, I hope they do.”