There is certainly a precedent; Stranraer were promoted to the First Division when the league set-up was changed back in 1994.
And, having moved the goalposts during the season, it would be unjust if the Ibrox club was consigned to the bottom tier again having won the title this year.
But I can't see the 12-12-18 system getting the go-ahead from the SPL clubs. They have to pass it by an 11-1 majority and I think there are too many who have their doubts.
I personally feel the people who run the game in this country need to look at what is best for football in Scotland and forget about what punishment befits Rangers.
Dunfermline and Hearts are staring into the abyss just now. A good few other clubs are experiencing serious financial problems and are set to follow them.
We desperately need stability, not division, in our game at the moment.