SPFL Chairman Murdoch MacLennan has released a statement confirming the numbers of the EGM vote on proposals to launch an independent investigation into the league body.

Rangers, backed by Hearts and Stranraer, called for the EGM after producing a dossier of so-called evidence that they believed was enough to justify a full-scale investigation.

All 42 clubs, including Celtic, cast their ballots on the proposals, with 13 in favour, 27 against and two abstentions.


In the Premiership, a total of four clubs (33%) supported the resolution, with eight clubs (67%) opposing it. Meanwhile, only one club (10%) supported the resolution in the Championship, with nine clubs (90%) opposing it.

Elsewhere in Leagues One and Two, 15 clubs would have been required to vote in favour. A total of eight clubs (40%) supported the resolution, with ten clubs (50%) opposing it and two clubs (10%) abstaining.

A statement on the official SPFL website, from MacLennan, read: “The last few weeks have been bruising ones for many people in our game. Far too many words have been spoken and written which have sown anger and division amongst clubs. That is a matter of the deepest regret to very many people in our game, myself included.

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“I know those who proposed this resolution will be disappointed, but I trust that everyone involved, on both sides of this argument, will now respect the clear, democratic and decisive result we have seen today and allow our game to move forward together. The overwhelming majority of clubs voted to oppose this resolution and it’s now incumbent on all clubs to put their differences aside, otherwise we will all suffer together.

“I have taken careful note of the concerns expressed by the minority of clubs which voted in favour and when we are back to playing football in a safe environment, I will bring clubs together to discuss the lessons learned.”

Hopefully, these words will be heeded because there are grave challenges ahead for every team in the country, even at Celtic.

A large majority of clubs have decided it’s in the best interests of Scottish football to move on from this affair and you’d like to think the incredibly vocal minority will now rein in the accusations a bit.

Celtic are taking part in discussions on the return of Scottish football

Celtic Park / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Clubs, along with health experts and government authorities, now need to figure out how to bring about a safe return of football to Scotland.

If that has to be behind closed doors, there’ll be the added challenge of making that financially viable.

This is now what everyone has to focus on in the days, weeks and months ahead.

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