Ally McCoist: Revamp makes it 'worthless season'

ALLY McCOIST has blasted the league reconstruction plans as farcical – and urged SFL clubs to set up a 'NO' alliance.

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Ally McCoist with his Irn-Bru Manager of the Month award
Ally McCoist with his Irn-Bru Manager of the Month award

Controversial plans to revamp Scottish football with a new 12-12-18 structure have sparked a bitter backlash from Rangers.

And the Gers manager joined chief executive Charles Green in condemning the moves, and declared their season worthless. He said: As soon as they make a decision, our league is fish and chip paper. If it is, then tell us now.

"But to protect themselves I imagine they will wait and wait and wait until someone's won it and then say, okay, pointless.

"It is farcical. The people who came up with the sporting integrity term must accept that it is not right."

The proposals – drawn up by the SFA, SPL and SFL – require the backing of 22 of the 29 lower-league clubs, but Rangers have no vote and no voice.

And McCoist has appealed to the other SFL clubs to stick together and avoid implementing changes he claims are a "slap in the face" to Rangers and their fans.

And he was adamant in his belief that the proposals would hurt all SFL clubs and he wants them to form their own union to block them.

"If we are lucky enough to be promoted naturally then the club who came up with us would be in the same boat," he insisted. "They would be punished. Money talks, sadly. But I would really have hoped that the SFL clubs would show complete unity."

Rangers effectively would be in the same bottom tier if the changes did go ahead, but it is the fact they would be facing many of the same teams that has so irked McCoist.

He said: "If we were to win promotion, it would be unfair to ask our fans to travel to the same places that they have done this season.

"Our fans and the club are totally resigned on coming back on this fantastic journey.

"That is the way we have built ourselves up for it – 3-2-1 – back into the top again. That has been taken away from us.

"The goalposts of the fantastic journey are being moved. Everyone listened to their fans when it came to deciding what to do with Rangers. So they should be listened to now – they are the lifeblood of the game."

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