Ex-Rangers director Paul Murray claims Scottish football power shift

Former Rangers director Paul Murray has claimed that the Ibrox side competing in the Third Division has led to a power shift in Scottish football.

Murray, whose Blue Knights group led an unsuccessful bid to buy the club in the summer, believes the Scottish Premier League is less powerful than before.

And he thinks more power has moved to the Scottish Football League with Rangers as a member club.

"The dynamics of power have changed a bit from the SPL to the SFL," he said.

Rangers crisis explained

  • Rangers went into administration owing up to £134m to unsecured creditors and were liquidated
  • As a result its registrations with the Scottish FA and Scottish Premier League were terminated
  • Charles Green led a consortium which bought Rangers' assets for £5.5m
  • The former Sheffield United chief executive reformed Rangers as a new company
  • But the 'newco' did not get the required votes for re-admittance to the SPL
  • Instead, Rangers applied for membership of the SFL and now play in Division Three

"The SFL have now, perversely, got quite a bit of power because they have now got Rangers as one of their member clubs.

And Murray believes that this power shift could lead to structural change in the Scottish game.

"And I think that's what ultimately might actually lead to some change," he said.

"Because of the fact you've then got two bodies who've got one half of the Old Firm in each of the bodies that might also lead to change that we think we need."

The prospect of an expanded SPL emerged in a package of reforms put to Scottish Football League clubs just two days before their vote on admitting Rangers to the body.

Streamlined governance, a fairer distribution of revenue and play-offs for access to the SPL were also proposed in a bid to sweeten a deal that would see the new Ibrox club granted entry to Division One.

However, SFL clubs chose to admit Rangers to Division Three .