Wednesday, 29 April 2015

BT Sport & SPFL praying for Rangers' progression

BT Sport have confirmed all six play-off matches will be broadcast live in their entirety on their channels, with both legs of each fully included, but while this is being promoted as a chance to see Rangers’ bid to be promoted, in reality the Ibrox side’s hopes of being involved in all six matches are on a knife-edge.

The playoffs have been fully dated now:

Saturday May 9, 2015 (5.30pm ko): Premiership Play-Off quarter-final, 1st leg (BT SPORT 1)

Sunday May 17, 2015 (3.30pm ko): Premiership Play-Off quarter-final, 2nd leg (BT SPORT 2)

Wednesday May 20, 2015 (7.45pm ko): Premiership Play-Off semi-final, 1st leg (BT SPORT 1)

Saturday May 23, 2015 (12noon ko): Premiership Play-Off semi-final, 2nd leg (BT SPORT 1)

Thursday May 28, 2015 (7.45pm ko): Premiership Play-Off final, 1st leg (BT SPORT 1)

Sunday May 31, 2015 (3pm ko): Premiership Play-Off final, 2nd leg (BT SPORT 1)

But the truth is BT and the SPFL are only especially praying Rangers make it through the first two ties. That guarantees an audience for the final one, and in terms of viewership and sponsorship, as long as Rangers make that final it barely matters if they win.

However, according to sources, as I revealed on this site some months ago, even if Rangers do not make it to the SPL by way of playoff, there are contingencies in place for SPL reconstruction to expand it by four teams, seeing all the top four Championship sides promoted to satisfy Sky’s demands for certain Old Firm matches next season.

But crucially, here and now, all the SPFL & BT Sport need regarding the playoffs is for Rangers to make the final. Beyond that does not really matter to them.


  1. With the current bunch of players I would be far from confident that Rangers will make it to the SPL this season and if they do there will need to be a fundamental change in the playing staff at the club next season.

  2. Tom

    I agree with the fundamental need for a change in playing staff. But I would point out it has already started. Of the 12 out of contract this summer, several have already disappeared - Daly, Boyd, Black, Faure, Mohsni to name but 5. Others, such as Jig, I suspect will not be offered a playing contract for next season, unless it is to help with the reserves. I would be surprised at more than 4 of the dozen getting a deal. Probably fewer.

    This gives us scope to add to the squad 6 from the youth team and some experience. I think McCall has a track record in this area, havbing rebuilt Motherwell every year. It would be easier with our wage budget, enhanced with the salaries of the departing.

    So lets look forward with confidence


    1. I agree go the same way harts went and bring in some experience players to help the young ones,it may take a year or two but then we will be a force to be reckoned with...

  3. I agree with The young ones and bring in some experience players to help then maybe a year or two I think we will be a force to be reckoned with

    1. Where you been for the past 3 year, on the moon or the evo-stik?

      Harsh but fair.

  4. We want and need to get up this season. It's Glasgow Rangers ffs. Talk of stay down, re-group, no big deal, copy hearts.......

    UTTER FUCKING SHITE. Glasgow fucking Rangers..happy to fail, not bothered about not winning, copying non fucking entities like hearts, not challenging at the top, sitting back whilst the papes run amok unchallenged?!?!?!

    If that's in yer heed....Away and shite and slide oan it.....hang your fucking head in shame. If we don't get up I'll be apo-fuckin-plectic and shamed.

    We don't take 2nd best never mind much lower..never have, never will and over my dead fucking machine gun shooting body.....




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