Ross County chairman Roy MacGregor has refuted the narrative that the need to press through the SPFL proposals was based around prize money being paid out, speaking to BBC Scotland.

Much has been said about the SPFL board’s resolution to call time on the season on an average points basis, with 10 of 12 Premiership side voting in favour should it be impossible to resume on-pitch action.

Rangers tried to inject a complication into proceedings late last week, claiming that the primary concern was prize money being paid out to clubs, ahead of any sporting decision.


They offered up their own resolution, which was rejected by the SPFL board.

However, MacGregor’s comments appear to refute the assertion that prize money is the biggest priority for clubs.

In the Staggies’ case, their vote for the SPFL’s proposal was made to try and bring clarity to a complex and ever-changing situation, best served by calling time on the season as soon as is viable.

Subscribe to 67 Hail Hail TV now

As quoted by BBC Scotland, their chairman said: “The Ross County view was that we need certainty for next year. It wasn’t about money.

“Money is great and we all benefit from that. But I don’t think what has been portrayed, because of this big issue of voting, are the consequences of next year.

“Unless we have certainty and actually know what that budget is, I can’t plan ahead.”

The County chairman also assured the broadcaster that he still has trust in the SPFL board, despite Rangers’ furious statement that called for the suspension of chief executive Neil Doncaster.

MacGregor is bringing some much-needed pragmatism to the table here, away from the bluster of statements from Ibrox.

When will football return to Celtic Park?

When will football return to Celtic Park? / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The fact remains then 10 of the 12 teams in the Scottish Premiership voted for the SPFL’s proposal.

If they are of the same thinking as Ross County then it’s hard to see anything but time being called on the season shortly.

Clubs want to plan ahead. That there are a minority ensuring that doesn’t happen is unhelpful.

We need more voices like MacGregor gaining coverage.

Have something to tell us about this article?