Dundee gain SPL membership
Barry Smith's side will lead his players against the big boys
Last Updated: August 3, 2012 1:07pm
Dundee: Barry Smith's side will play in the Scottish Premier League this season
Dundee were officially inducted into the Scottish Premier League on Friday morning, replacing Rangers in the top flight.
The Dark Blues finished second in the Irn-Bru First Division last season, albeit 24 points adrift of champions Ross County, and were selected to replace Rangers ahead of Dunfermline, who finished bottom of the Premier League.
Charles Green's newco Rangers saw their SPL application rejected and will start the new season in the Third Division while a short SPL statement has now confirmed Dundee as their replacement.
The statement on Friday read: "At eight minutes past ten this morning, the member clubs unanimously approved the transfer of Rangers' SPL share to Dundee Football Club. Dundee FC is now a member of the SPL."