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Dundee set to claim top-flight place
Dundee will be invited into the Clydesdale Bank Premier League to replace Rangers, the SPL has confirmed.
Irn-Bru First Division runners-up Dundee were chosen ahead of relegated Dunfermline during the league's annual general meeting at Hampden on Monday.
Rangers newco chief executive Charles Green and manager Ally McCoist were seen arriving at Hampden ahead of the meeting. But despite reports of a possible U-turn in recent days, SPL clubs agreed to work towards the decision made last week by Scottish Football League clubs to put the Ibrox club in the Third Division.
An SPL statement read: "It was agreed that the SPL would work with the Scottish FA, SFL and Rangers to facilitate Rangers FC taking their place in SFL Division 3 this season. It was agreed that Dundee FC would be invited to fill the space vacated by Rangers FC in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League."
Ten SPL clubs voted to reject the Rangers newco application to the top flight on July 4 but a plan from the executives of the three main football authorities to put them in the First Division was subsequently rejected by 25 SFL clubs.
That sparked reports of a potential U-turn, and St Mirren chairman Stewart Gilmour warned his club would be among five in the SPL who would struggle to remain solvent in the coming weeks and months. But Aberdeen, Inverness, Dundee United and Hearts insisted over the weekend that there would be no revisitation of the vote.
And the SPL statement appeared to shelve plans for an SPL2, which was mooted by SFA chief executive Stewart Regan when he spoke to SFL clubs detailing his predictions for the impact of the various scenarios.
The decision to promote Dundee could spark legal action from Dunfermline, who believed precedents meant they should have been reinstated.
However Dundee chief executive Scot Gardiner revealed he was always confident the Dark Blues would be chosen to replace Rangers in the SPL.
"We were always confident that on sporting merits it was an open and shut case - however it is obviously extraordinary circumstances just now and so you could never be sure of anything," he told Sky Sports News. "I received a call just prior to the SPL releasing their confirmation of it. Once again I can assure you that we will be accepting the invitation."