McDowall: Don't be stirred by shake-up plans

KENNY McDowall today urged Rangers players to ignore all talk of league reconstruction – and focus fully on winning the Irn-Bru Third Division.

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Kenny has called for focus from the Rangers players
Kenny has called for focus from the Rangers players

Representatives of the SPL clubs met at Hampden again yesterday for further discussions about a radical shake-up of the league system.

The possibility of introducing two divisions of 12 teams, that split into three sections of eight midway through the season, was under consideration.

But Gers assistant manager McDowall wants the players, who have recovered from a shaky start to the season to forge two points clear at the top of the table, only to concern themselves with football matters.

McDowall said: "We are in the Third Division and our priority at this moment in time is to try and win it.

"We want to try and help Rangers get back to the top of the leagues – wherever that will be – by winning games of football on the park.

"I don't think we can afford to look any further than that. The manager has said as much already this season and I agree with him.

"We just need to concentrate on the job ahead and that is getting out of this division. Whatever the authorities decide to do is not important to us."

Speculation is rife that Rangers, currently in the bottom division, could be fast-tracked up the leagues as part of any change in order to speed up their return to the top flight.

However, Light Blues chief executive Charles Green has this week reiterated that the Ibrox club will not return to the SPL while he is in charge.

Green remains unhappy that stripping the club of titles is a punishment that is open to the SPL's independent commission into the use of EBTs.

And McDowall has admitted he is sceptical that the current ambitious proposals for league reconstruction currently being put forward by both the SPL and the SFL will come to fruition.

He added: "To be honest, I am sure it will change 100 times between now and the time it is finalised. It always does.

"That was proved when our fate was being decided earlier this year. The goalposts got moved so many times.

"There is no point thinking about it or giving an opinion on it. We need to focus on winning the Third Division.

"If we can do that, and hopefully we can, then we will see where it takes us then, but not before that.

"After what we have gone through this year, and what Coisty has had to endure, I think it is best for everyone if we just focus on playing football.

"As we have found out, you don't get an easy game off of any of the teams in this division. We just have to make sure that we go out there and win our games home and away."

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