'I can't blame them': Kris Commons buys into Ibrox hysteria

By John McGinley

April 20, 2020

Former Celtic attacking midfielder Kris Commons has backed Rangers’ calls for an independent investigation into the conduct of the SPFL, writing in his Scottish Daily Mail column (20/04 print edition, page 69).

The Ibrox club were left fuming with the administration of a league-wide club vote to call time of the season on an average points basis should action not be able to resume this summer.

Calling for the suspension of SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster and claiming to have evidence of wrongdoing, Rangers left themselves looking a little foolish in the wake of 81% approval of the proposals.

However, Commons has sympathy for their point of view, describing the SPFL in unflattering terms.

As quoted by The Scottish Daily Mail (20/04 print edition, page 69), the former Celtic man said: “I can’t imagine what Steven Gerrard really thinks about all this, having spent the majority of his career at one of the biggest clubs in Europe.

“Rangers — who have the backing of their boss — are one of at least three clubs wanting an independent investigation and I can’t blame them. Without a shadow of a doubt, there should be one.

“We’re told that Dundee did vote no, or at least tried to, then changed their minds. Were they pushed into a corner?

“That’s why people are asking if there’s been some kind of cover-up or if they’ve been bullied. Yet, no one has said anything by way of a proper explanation.”

No-one is pretending the technical handling of the draw wasn’t rather farcical, but this narrative that clubs were bullied or co-erced into voting for something they didn’t actually want holds no water.

There has been zero evidence of that presented and it’s an accusation that needs something substantive to back it up.

Hamilton chairman Les Gray refuted that claim yesterday, labelling the suggestion as ‘absolutely hysterical’.

Former Celtic attacker Kris Commons / (Photo by Jeff Holmes/Getty Images)

Clearly though Commons thinks there’s enough smoke to prompt further probing, despite many other urgent issues facing clubs over the next few months such as the prospect of no real ticket income.

The time for recriminations has surely passed. Scottish football needs to move forward together, not divided.