Former Ibrox captain Barry Ferguson has become the latest Scottish football public figure to slate Inverness Caledonian Thistle chief executive Scot Gardiner and his ‘null and void’ plan, writing in his Daily Record column this weekend.
As reported by the same paper last week, the Caley chief exec put forward proposals that would have effectively wiped the 2019/20 season from the record and potentially have denied Celtic a ninth league title in a row.
It was something that the Highland club denied.
However, Morton chief Dave MacKinnon then claimed to have notes of meetings backing up The Record’s reporting.
Former Celtic goalkeeper Rab Douglas would later slate Gardiner, while all nine of the other Championship clubs failed to back up Inverness’ calls for an independent investigation into the SPFL.
Ferguson has not been left impressed by the Inverness man’s actions either, despite being an ally of his old club Rangers.
Writing in The Daily Record this weekend, he said: “Inverness chief executive Scot Gardiner hasn’t come out of the past week well after it emerged he had had a plan to void the season – then tried to rubbish Record Sport’s story which revealed that outrageous proposal. Null and void was never a realistic option given the financial problems it would have heaped on clubs on top of what they are already encountering.
“I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard him on national radio last month when he lifted the lid on the private talks he’d had with fellow Championship clubs over the way they were planning to vote on the resolution.
“I was taken aback. When conversations at that level go on then I’m a big believer that they stay private between the people involved. He broke that trust with the others in the group and I don’t like the way he dealt with that situation.”
Ferguson would then go on to further criticise Gardiner and Inverness for denying the Record story over the last week.
The whole null and void plan will go down as a shambolic plot to suit a small minority of clubs at the expense of the greater good in Scottish football.
Gardiner was ultimately left out on his own amongst his Championship peers and Celtic are set to be announced as Premiership champions shortly.
All’s well that ends well.