Rangers rail against 14-team league fudge amid foul-play claims

Rangers chiefs believe SPFL plans for a 14-team league are a “fudge” to crown Celtic champions and get Hearts off their back, Football Insider has learned.

The 12 SPL clubs will meet this afternoon to discuss a league reconstruction that would see relegation scrapped and top-flight numbers bolstered by two promoted clubs.

Ibrox sources have told Football Insider this has angered senior Rangers officials who see it as a clear device from Scottish chiefs to end the season prematurely and prevent a full-scale civil war.

This comes amid a backdrop of controversy and accusations of serious foul play from Rangers towards the SPFL.

The Light Blues’ attempts to have an independent investigation into the ruling body’s ballot to end the lower-league season is also expected to be discussed at today’s summit.

Rangers are desperate to avoid a situation in which the season is called based on the current top 12 league standings.

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They believe a 14-team league simply paves the way for bitter rivals Celtic to be handed a ninth consecutive title without the season being completed and to prevent legal action from bottom club Hearts.

It would see runaway Scottish Championship leaders Dundee United be joined in an enlarged SPL next season by Inverness.

The league have agreed with a request to consult the top-flight clubs before calling the Premiership season. Uefa have said a decision must be made by 25 May.

Celtic have generally remained quiet during the saga, other than to claim it is their preference for the campaign to be completed if at all possible.

In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED that an Ibrox player has an agreement in principle to join an English club this summer.