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Rangers promoted to Scottish Premiership

Kenny Miller celebrates. Credit: PA

Rangers will be playing top flight football next season after clinching the Ladbrokes Championship with a narrow 1-0 home win over Dumbarton.

After re-emerging at the bottom tier of Scottish football in 2012 in the wake of their financial meltdown, the Govan club's trek to the Premiership ended with a second half goal from right-back James Tavernier in front of a packed Ibrox.

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High Court rejects Ashley bid to have Rangers chairman jailed

Rangers chairman Dave King. Credit: PA

Sports Direct and Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has failed in his High Court bid to have Rangers chairman Dave King jailed for breaching a gagging order.

Ashley's company launched legal action against the Ibrox club and their chairman over an alleged breach of an injunction.

King was accused of breaking undertakings by giving a media interview in which he revealed the existence and contents of meetings related to contracts with Sports Direct.

The interview took place in South Africa and was filmed for Sky Sports in July.

Mr Justice Peter Smith, sitting in London, said after a morning hearing that he intends to reject the jailing application for reasons he will give on Thursday afternoon.

Mohsni handed additional three game ban for brawl

Mohsni lost the plot against Motherwell. Credit: PA

Former Rangers defender Bilel Mohsni has received an additional three-game ban following his Motherwell meltdown - taking his total suspension to seven matches.

The Tunisia international was given a four-game punishment after he was red carded for punching and kicking Well striker Lee Erwin in the seconds after Gers' humiliating 6-1 aggregate play-off final defeat.

But now Scottish Football Association disciplinary bosses have increased his ban after finding him guilty of two further offences during a Hampden hearing.

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Rangers suspend trio including Llambias

Derek Llambias, Sandy Easdale, Barry Leach. Credit: PA

Rangers have suspended Derek Llambias, Barry Leach and Sandy Easdale "pending an investigation".

Chief executive Llambias and finance director Leach are both close associates of shareholder and Newcastle owner Mike Ashley and were both voted off the board on Friday. Easdale is chairman of the football board at Ibrox but was never on the plc board.

Dave King, Paul Murray and John Gilligan were all voted on to the board on Friday, although the former is awaiting fit-and-proper clearance from the stock exchange and football authorities.

A club statement read:

Rangers Football Club announce today that Derek Llambias, Barry Leach and Sandy Easdale have been suspended from their duties pending an investigation.

It is also noted that Mr Llambias and Mr Leach, along with Sandy Easdale, have been advised that a resolution to remove them as directors of the company has been received by the company. A meeting may be required for this purpose but it is hoped that this will not prove necessary. Acting chairman Paul Murray, fellow directors Douglas Park and John Gilligan, and the club's head of football administration Andrew Dickson have been appointed to the board of the company."

– Rangers statement.

Doncaster: Rangers reputation 'dragged through mud'

Neil Doncaster has accused some Rangers fans of dragging the reputation of Scottish football through the mud following recent outbursts of sectarian singing.

Doncaster has no time for sectarian chanting. Credit: PA

But, in the same statement, the Scottish Professional Football League chief executive played down the prospect of the club being punished for the latest alleged offence.

Rangers fans could again be heard chanting "Fenian b*******" and anti-Catholic songs during their team's 2-1 Scottish Championship victory over Raith Rovers on Friday night and it is understood SPFL match delegate Tom Purdie will mention that in his report.

The vast majority of decent fans will share a strong degree of anger and despair that the good name of Scottish football is once again being dragged through the mud by the distasteful, shameful and selfish actions of a mindless minority who seem hell bent on indulging in outdated and offensive behaviour.

– Scottish Professional Football League chief executive Neil Doncaster
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