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Rangers’ U.S. trio almost surely heading out of Glasgow now

Rangers' Carlos Bocanegra challenges Celtic's Georgios Samaras during their Scottish Premier League 'Old Firm' derby soccer match

Rangers’ Carlos Bocanegra (R) challenges Celtic’s Georgios Samaras during their Scottish Premier League ‘Old Firm’ derby soccer match at Celtic Park stadium in Glasgow, Scotland, December 28, 2011. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)


The collateral damage just keeps expanding over this terrible situation with Rangers, the fallen and debt-ridden Scottish giants.

Over here, so many U.S. fans are most concerned with the professional fates of three U.S. internationals, including captain Carlos Bocanegra.

Bocanegra and midfielders Maurice Edu and Alejandro Bedoya were among the players still on Rangers’ roster heading into preseason. But yesterday’s news that the historic Glasgow club had been denied admittance into the Scottish Premier League leaves the Yankee trio in professional limbo.

Rangers will be placed into the Scottish Football League, which oversees the country’s second, third and fourth divisions. There is a set in Scotland that wants to see Rangers punished severely for creating such a huge mess by forcing fourth division soccer into the grand Ibrox Stadium, which would leave almost no chance for any of the current first-team Rangers men sticking around.

(It would also mean that Rangers’ earlier possible return into the SPL – and into any place of prominence in Scottish and European soccer – would be for the 2015-16 season.)