Brechin City chairman Ken Ferguson, who also sits on the current SPFL board, has refuted a claim in the now infamous Rangers dossier, in a statement released on the club’s official website this evening.
Celtic, like all of the other 41 SPFL member clubs, are currently considering how they’ll vote at an EGM tomorrow that will determine whether a full-blown independent investigation into the SPFL takes place.
Rangers, Hearts, Stranraer and others have been left fuming by the league’s handling of last month’s vote to call time on the lower league seasons and potentially the Scottish Premiership too.
The Ibrox side produced a dossier that they claimed would have evidence of wrongdoing, which ultimately appeared to be something of a damp squib.
Now, Brechin have categorically refuted one claim in the document that specifically targeted Ferguson.
Published to their official website, a statement said: “In particular, in the recent dossier released in support of the EGM taking place at the SPFL tomorrow (Tuesday), there is an accusation which is pointed directly at our Chairman relating to his part in the run up to the SPFL vote which took place on Friday 10th April. This states, “It has also been alleged that Ken Ferguson (Brechin City Chairman and SPFL Board Director) called League 2 clubs and told them that Inverness had changed their vote to YES and, as a result, the Resolution was going to be approved and that there was no point in League 2 clubs voting NO.”
“This is categorically refuted. Unfortunately, this is feeding the current media frenzy and, by association, Brechin City FC and our Chairman are being subjected to unnecessary scrutiny and wholly unwarranted abuse. In addition to anecdotal evidence from all of the other League 2 clubs, we have in our possession verification from each club that no such call was made.
“Furthermore, each League 2 club is content to provide corroboration to this effect and has stressed that they are entirely relaxed (and in reality appreciative) of the integrity Ken displayed in his role as an SPFL Director in the lead up to the vote.”
This statement has likely been given more publicity than many others emanating from the team who finished rock bottom of Scottish League Two and has provoked a large reaction amongst Scottish football supporters.
Some Celtic fans see it as further proof that Rangers’ dossier was a baseless attempt to discredit reasonable SPFL actions.
What’s notable in the statement is that Brechin claim to have the backing of the other League 2 clubs. They are clearly confident of their assertion of no wrongdoing.
It’s another interesting statement heading into tomorrow’s EGM.
Which way will clubs vote?