Scottish fans vote no to Rangers return

Written by The Away End.

 
Scottish football fans say the domestic game is BETTER without Rangers in the top division.
 
In addition, over 90% of fans would object to the Ibrox club being given early entry into the Scottish Premiership, while around two thirds would be happy for both the Old Firm to move to a foreign league.
 
However, Rangers and Celtic fans are split on any potential move for their clubs. Only half the Light Blues back leaving the Scottish set-up, while only 44% of Parkhead punters want to try another league.
 
The findings are from The Away End's  survey, which 552 fans completed over the last seven days. Questions also included fans' opinion on issues such as the winter break, the League Cup, and September's independence referendum.
 
The first question fans were asked was whether they felt Scottish football was better or worse off since Rangers' liquidation. Unsurprisingly Rangers supporters, who made up 18% of all fans who were polled, had a different viewpoint to those at other clubs.
 
Is Scottish football better or worse off since Rangers' liquidation?
 
Better: 65%
Worse: 26%
Don't know: 9%
 
Rangers fans only
 
Better: 5%
Worse: 92%
Don't know: 3%
 
All fans (excluding Rangers)
 
Better: 77%
Worse: 12%
Don't know: 11%
 
Despite the feeling of Rangers fans that Scottish football is suffering without them in the top division, their supporters say they would not welcome early entry to the top tier.
 
Would you support a league restructuring to allow Rangers early entry into the Scottish Premiership?
 
Yes: 6%
No: 93%
Don't know: 1%
 
Rangers fans only
 
Yes: 16%
No: 84%
 
All fans (excluding Rangers)
 
Yes: 4%
No: 95%
Don't know: 1%
 
The main reason fans gave for saying yes was that the competition had been devalued (46%). The main reason for rejecting the idea was because supporters felt it was unfair that Rangers be allowed to leapfrog above other sides, with 73% overwhelmingly voting for that option.
 
Would you welcome Rangers and Celtic leaving for another league?
 
Yes: 62%
No: 26%
Don't know: 12%
 
Rangers fans only
 
Yes: 50%
No: 35%
Dk: 15%
 
Celtic fans only
 
Yes: 44%
No: 40%
Dk: 16%
 
All fans (excluding Rangers and Celtic fans)
 
Yes: 67%
No: 22%
Dk: 11%
 
There are possible benefits to starting a season early before clubs enter European competition, while a suggestion has been made many times that clubs should play through the summer months.
 
The majority of fans (54%) say the league season should start earlier than it currently does, but 44% did back sticking with August.
 
When should the SPFL start in non-World Cup and European Championship seasons?
 
June: 23%
July: 31%
August: 44%
September: 1%
 
Fans also voted for there to be a winter break, with 59% suggesting there should be one, with January the most popular option.
 
Should there be a winter break?
 
Yes (December): 6%
Yes (January): 32%
Yes (Dec & Jan): 21%
No: 41%
 
Another question posed was whether fans wished to see a return of the League Cup final to the first half of the season. Although a November or December final was the most popular option, most people voting seemed unconcerned by it, perhaps an indicator of the apathy towards the League Cup in general.
 
When would you like to see the League Cup final played?
 
November/December: 41%
February/March: 37%
Don't know/Not bothered: 22%
 
The final question asked was a non-football question, with The Away End, like many Scots, keen to see the latest opinion ahead of what will be one of the biggest decisions our country will make.
 
Our poll saw a slight lead for Yes, out of 538 people who chose to answer the question.
 
September's referendum: Should Scotland be an independent country?
 
Yes: 48%
No: 39%
Don't know: 13%
 
Selected individual clubs.
 
Rangers
Yes: 15%
No: 79%
Dk: 6%
 
Celtic
Yes: 82%
No: 18%
Dk: 0%
 
Aberdeen
Yes: 53%
No: 33%
Dk: 14%
 
Dundee United
Yes: 50%
No: 25%
Dk: 25%
 
Hearts
Yes: 44%
No: 47%
Dk: 9%
 
*Hibernian
Yes: 67%
No: 21%
Dk: 12%
 
*Hibs result was included in order to be compared with Edinburgh rivals Hearts, however it was only a small number of Hibs fans who voted (24 to be precise) and they and the others clubs not mentioned above didn't vote in large enough numbers for any real trend in opinion to emerge.
 
 
 
 
 
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+18 # RangersSeal 2013-12-11 23:59
Denial is not just a river in Egypt.
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-18 # SFTB 2013-12-12 02:13
It is a bit misleading to write "only 44% of Parkhead punters want to try another league. "

The question they were asked, and on which you base this statistic, was "Would you welcome Rangers and Celtic leaving for another league?"

I am afraid that is the phrasing produced by a non-Celtic fan.

In responding to such a question my preferred response is not allowed. I want Celtic to leave for a more suitable league but I want nothing to do with any other team in going there as, in any case, rangers are dead.
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-22 # SFTB 2013-12-12 02:13
It is a bit misleading to write "only 44% of Parkhead punters want to try another league. "

The question they were asked, and on which you base this statistic, was "Would you welcome Rangers and Celtic leaving for another league?"

I am afraid that is the phrasing produced by a non-Celtic fan.

In responding to such a question my preferred response is not allowed. I want Celtic to leave for a more suitable league but I want nothing to do with any other team in going there as, in any case, rangers are dead.
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+19 # john 2013-12-12 02:49
you are all too blind to see that Scottish football is dying with or without Rangers and Celtic.
If you can't see that there is something far wrong with you. How can anyone get excited when you have 2 leagues out of 4 where you know who will definitely win them more than a year in advance.
you cant even get a bet on who will win those 2 leagues a year before a ball is kicked in earnest.
You can all talk it up as much as you like, but you need to be a fool to have a notion that there is anything worth watching up here.
R.I.P. Scottish football, you got a good innings getting away with it for so long.
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+15 # St 2013-12-12 07:36
Eh! Are any of these figures (numbers who voted) significant enough to be considered accurate guys???? I really don't think so. This survey is too late in any case RE the rangers question. Anyone with common sense can see scottish football died years ago through lack of creative input at the very top. The whole rangers situation has merely been a distraction but during this time a lot of "forgotten" teams in the lower leagues have benefitted from rangers return.
And then a crowbarred attempt to throw in a referendum question. Guys, whatever country you want, count me out. We need forward thinkers not dark age scribers!! I hope you post this to demonstrate your integrity and value placed on free speech.
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