Hearts to weigh on Ranger reconstruction plan as Ann Budge supports Ibrox alternative


Hearts is ready to weigh on the Rangers’ reconstruction plan as the Ibrox club seeks to put its plan B to the vote. Gers chiefs wrote to all SPFL clubs last week to suggest a 14-14-18 structure that would see Rangers and Celtic foals join the lower tier with Kelty Hearts and Brora Rangers.

Such a configuration would save Hearts from abandonment of the upper flight and the plan already has the support of Celtic.

Jambos supremo Ann Budge has spent the past three weeks working on a reconstruction discussion paper and Premiership clubs have been asked to indicate by tomorrow whether they are in favor of his plan.

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But Sport Record understands that Budge is now happy that the Rangers are continuing their redesign master plan.

Most importantly, it would vote in its favor if it reached the resolution stage.

However, the Rangers’ proposal still faces a huge task in gaining enough support in all leagues to vote, if it gets there.

For a reconstruction plan to succeed, it requires the support of 11 high-flying clubs, eight in the championship and 15 of 20 in the two lower divisions.

The lower leagues could be the main stumbling block, with Peterhead, Clyde, Stranraer and Forfar moving to the lower level following the overhaul, while Cove would be denied promotion.

But the Rangers’ plan would also be financially advantageous for clubs in the lower league.

The two parts of the old company B would enter the lower division and immediately pay membership fees of £ 125,000, to be shared between third level clubs, with reduced additional payments of £ 25,000 per year to be made in each three following campaigns.

This increase in cash would be further enhanced by the two clubs buying at least 200 tickets at a cost of £ 15 for each away game.

Old Firm colt teams would have an age limit of 21 for their players and would have their progress capped at
Championship. Other Premiership clubs would be welcome at a later date, even if they were to start in the Highland or the Lowland League.

The Ligue 2 clubs have expressed their concern about this project.


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