The Scottish Premier League has cut off its nose to spite its face and rejected The Rangers FC from joining it next year.
Rangers needed an 8-4 majority in Wednesday’s vote but St. Johnstone, St. Mirren, Aberdeen, Hearts, Hibernian, Dundee United and Inverness had already declared their opposition. On Tuesday, Motherwell announced their fans had voted to reject the application.
The Glasgow-based club has not commented on the decision.
A club from the First Division — most likely to be Dundee following its second-place finish last season — could take Rangers’ place in the 12-team SPL. Dunfermline, which was the only club relegated from the SPL, could also take Rangers’ spot by staying in the top tier.
It is unclear which league Rangers will drop down into, although the chief executive of the Scottish Football League, David Longmuir, proposed that should Rangers be entered into the Third Division, 16 million pounds ($25.2 million) in television money would be lost to the Scottish game.
The news comes as a shock to few but is nonetheless sadly hilarious. (And, with their division still undecided, you can still join our prediction game! The winner receives the good feeling knowing that their rec team could probably finish 2nd in next year’s SPL.)
One has to imagine that Maurice Edu (linked to France and Turkey), vice-captain Carlos Bocanegra (a Ligue 1 and EPL veteran), and Alejandro Bedoya (who they technically don’t really fully own) will be finding new homes next year. Hopefully, their departures close a generally ugly chapter on Americans in Scotland.