LONDON, July 16 (Reuters) - Dundee will replace Rangers in the Scottish Premier League after the Glasgow side were demoted following their financial crisis, clubs decided on Monday.
Dundee finished runners-up last season in the Scottish First Division, the second tier of the game in Scotland.
Rangers have been told to relaunch in the fourth tier after collapsing under their debt pile, breaking the stranglehold they and city rivals Celtic have had on the Scottish game for decades.
There had been talk of a breakaway SPL-2 to accommodate Rangers just below the top flight but that has not materialised. Some SPL clubs fear they will struggle financially in the absence of one of the best supported clubs in Britain.
“It was agreed that Dundee FC would be invited to fill the space vacated by Rangers FC in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League,” the SPL said in a statement after its annual meeting.
Dundee were Scottish champions in 1962 but have been out of the SPL since 2005. Their elevation will rekindle their own rivalry with Dundee United whose stadium is only a matter of a few hundred metres away. (Reporting by Keith Weir; Editing by Alison Wildey)