Scotsman.com survey results: Scottish football fans have their say on Rangers newco
THE results of our online survey of Scottish football fans has confirmed that the vast majority of supporters are against a newco Rangers playing in the Scottish Premier League, with most in favour of the club starting in the Third Division.
Asked whether they would back the admittance of a newco Rangers into the SPL, only 7.7% responded Yes, with 91% of those polled voting against the proposition.
The survey shows that a majority of fans - almost 80% - would stay away from matches if the Ibrox club were allowed back into the top flight.
More than 7,000 supporters gave their answers in the survey, which was open between 21 - 27 June on scotsman.com.
Of those fans who follow teams in the Scottish Football League, 62.2% said they would prefer to see a newco Rangers in the Third Division, while 31.8% were against any return to the league for Charles Green’s side. Only 5.8% supported First Division entry, by comparison.
While the weight of opinion was against Rangers being given a competitive advantage next season, a significant proportion (43.9%) of fans backed the restructuring of Scottish football into a two-tier format, with 27.5% against the idea and 28.6% unsure.
Of these fans, 95.1% voted in favour of a newco Rangers starting in the second tier.
It appears that most Scottish football supporters are not concerned over reports that their clubs would stuggle financially in the event of Rangers being demoted to the bottom tier of the game.
Almost 87% said they would have no concerns about the financial stability of their club without Rangers in the SPL, while 83% believed the other SPL clubs could survive without the Ibrox club in the top flight.
Only a slight majority of Rangers fans were in favour of their team playing in the SPL (52.5%), with 39.8% against and 7.8% unsure.
Most Rangers fans (57.3%) believe the other SPL clubs would struggle to survive financially if the Old Firm club were demoted.
Which league does the team you support play in?
76.7% - SPL
6.9% - First Division
1.9% - Second Division
14.4% - Third Division
0.1% - N/A - Not interested in football
Would you back a Newco Rangers being admitted into the SPL?
7.7% - Yes
91.0% - No
1.3% - Unsure
Would you be happy to admit a Newco Rangers into the SPL with sanctions?
6.9% - Yes
90.0% - No
3.1% - Unsure
Would you stay away from games if Rangers were readmitted to the SPL?
79.2% - Yes
20.8% - No
Would you miss playing against Rangers in the SPL?
27.4% - Yes
72.6% - No
If you support an SFL team, which division should a Newco Rangers enter?
5.8% - First Division
1.0% - Second Division
62.2% - Third Division
31.8% - Would not support Rangers entering SFL
Do you support the reorganisation of Scottish Football into a two-tier structure?
43.9% - Yes
27.5% - No
28.6% - Unsure
If yes, what level do you think Rangers should be admitted to?
4.9% - First tier
95.1% - Second tier
If Rangers were not readmitted to the SPL, would you have concerns over the financial stability of your club?
13.1% - Yes
86.9% - No
Do you think other SPL teams could survive financially without Rangers in the league?
83.0% - Yes
7.1% - No
9.9% - Unsure
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