SAINTS skipper Jim Goodwin last night urged lower league clubs to help save Scottish football from financial meltdown ... by voting the newco Rangers into the First Division.
The 30 clubs that make up the Scottish Football League are due to meet at Hampden tomorrow to vote on proposals that could either parachute the stricken Ibrox outfit into the second tier or send them tumbling all the way down to the Third Division.
There have been warnings that the doomsday scenario of banishing the Light Blues to the Third Division would have a huge financial impact – not just on SPL clubs such as St Mirren but also on Scottish football as a whole.
Multi-million pound deals with the likes of broadcasters Sky would be at risk if Rangers faced at least three years out of the top flight.
Now midfielder Goodwin is hoping the SFL clubs will decide that demotion to the First Division is punishment enough for the Ibrox club.
He told Express Sports: “There’s no getting away from the fact there has been mismanagement at Rangers and you can’t just brush it under the carpet.
“They have to be punished – and I’d say the same thing if it was Celtic who were involved – but do we send them to the Third Division? I’m not so sure.
“If we do that, the game could be in serious financial bother. What sells our game across the world are the Old Firm fixtures and, if we lose them for years on end, we will have lost a big selling point.
“No matter what way you look at it, the Scottish game needs a Celtic and a Rangers, so maybe putting Rangers into the First Division may not be a bad thing.
“There’s talk of league reconstruction too and, in my opinion, the best option might be to put Rangers in Division One and see how we go from there.”
Goodwin also admits that he’ll miss having the chance to take on Rangers next season as he has relished his visits to Ibrox in the past.
He added: “It’s a real shame that St Mirren won’t be playing Rangers next season because the games against the Old Firm clubs are the first ones you look for when the league fixtures come out.”
The Irish midfielder reckons the demise of Rangers will also be a disappointment for St Mirren’s new recruits.
He said: “Players like Lewis Guy and Jon Robertson will have been looking forward to playing against Rangers but now, through no fault of their own, that chance has been taken away from them, which is a real shame.
“I just hope that the powers-that-be can reach some sort of consensus to allow Scottish football to move forward.”