News that Aberdeen plans to vote against a Rangers 'newco' being admitted to the SPL has proved to be premature.

In a statement this morning, Aberdeen chairman Stewart Milne said: "Contrary to reports, AFC has still to reach a final decision regarding the 4th July vote on the Rangers newco."

Milne added: "Any rumours regarding AFC's financial position are ill-founded and completely wide of the mark."

This statement was a reaction to news broken by BBC Scotland's Jim Spence this morning, when he tweeted: "Aberdeen will vote NO to Newco in the SPL. They Join Hearts and Dundee Utd who said yesterday they would vote no."

Spence is referring to Hearts releasing a press release yesterday, which stated: "[Rangers] Supporters deserve a new beginning and have to accept the fact that their club has to start from the lower league, keeping order in the SPL and without creating unfair competition with other clubs."

And later on that evening, Dundee United also stated their decision to vote no: "The board of directors of Dundee United are unequivocal in the belief that a form of sporting punishment must form part of the reasoning behind any decision made and, therefore, cannot vote the newco into the SPL.

"General sporting integrity and, more importantly, the integrity of Scottish football must also play a significant part in the decision making process."

Aberdeen fans group Dons Supporters Together had released a statement this morning: "DST warmly welcome the confirmation today that AFC will vote against the admission of NewCo Rangers to the SPL, standing alongside Hearts and Dundee Utd. 

"The decision confirms the paramount importance of sporting integrity to the SPL and Scottish football in general, and firmly shows AFC does listen to their supporters.

"Given these circumstances DST urges all members and supporters, who can afford it, to quickly renew or purchase new Season Tickets for next season, thus showing supporter’s appreciation of the club decision.

"AFC might consider, in the circumstances, extending their 'early bird' discount offer until July 4th."

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