Celtic watch on as SPFL vow to "set record straight" on sponsor drama; war of words goes on

By John McGinley

June 16, 2022

Celtic will be watching the situation unfolding between the SPFL and Rangers closely as the war of words between both parties continues despite yesterday’s agreement.

The league and the Ibrox club resolved to exclude cinch branding from Rangers activities with no financial penalty on the overall deal with the car company.

However, Rangers chairman Douglas Park reignited the feud this afternoon with a furious statement issued via a Park’s of Hamilton spokesperson. [Daily Record]

Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for cinch

Now an SPFL spokesperson has vowed to set the record straight to member clubs, including the Bhoys, if Rangers agree to lift confidentiality terms on the affair.

They told The Daily Record: “We note with interest Park’s version of events. We are currently bound by the confidentiality of the legal process. Frustratingly, we have had to keep our counsel throughout.

“However, we have written to Rangers and Park’s seeking confirmation that this confidentiality no longer applies, following yesterday’s announcement of our revised title sponsorship agreement with cinch.

“If they agree to our proposal we will be able to provide a full and frank narrative to our member clubs. We very much look forward to the opportunity to set the record straight.”

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It would certainly be interesting to see what the league would have to say for themselves, unbound by legalities. I’m sure they have a few stories to tell regarding this matter.

Given Park is calling for the SFA to conduct an independent investigation into it all, it’s not a matter anyone in Scottish football should be taking lightly, including Celtic.

None of this is good for the reputation of the league, nor its ability to attract new sponsors. Who would want any part of this when both the SPFL and key Rangers figures go at it in the media?

Surely now that there’s an agreement in place reason can prevail? Or is that too much to ask these days?

Either way, I think SPFL clubs are owed an explanation about what’s gone on here so we can put all of this behind us for good.

In other news, Celtic attacker Mikey Johnston switches agent; big summer ahead.