Report: Scottish clubs rejected latest SPFL proposal because of Peter Lawwell board presence
A number of Scottish clubs rejected SPFL plans to grant the league discretion on what to do with the 2020/21 season if there’s a second pandemic wave because of Peter Lawwell’s presence on the new board, The Scottish Daily Mail reports (25/07 print edition, page 117).
The Celtic Chief Executive was appointed to the SPFL board on Monday and journalist Stephen McGowan writes that a number of clubs were uneasy with the prospect of handing Celtic too much say on the fate of the season in such an eventuality, with ten-in-a-row on the line.
Yesterday, the league body released a statement confirming that proposals drawn up to avoid the chaos of club votes earlier in the year had been rejected.
It said: “Several SPFL Clubs requested that the SPFL Board bring forward a resolution, which would give the Board the express power to manage Covid-19 related disruption during Season 2020/21, without the need to seek Rule amendments approved by Clubs.
“Accordingly, a written resolution was circulated to all Clubs, but this did not attract sufficient support to pass.
“Following a discussion at this morning’s SPFL Board meeting, the Board have agreed to move forward in line with the clear will of the Clubs.
“As a result, the existing Rules will remain in place for Season 2020/21, unless any member decides that it wishes to bring forward their own resolution in this area.”
This seems to me to have been a rather short-sighted view of the situation from the unnamed clubs in The Scottish Daily Mail’s report.
Surely nobody wants a repeat of the voting carnage that struck Scottish football following the season’s curtailment in March?
The fall-out from that is still being argued about, with independent investigations and legal action really not helping the game in this country progress.
Lawwell is only one member of a large SPFL board and to think that Celtic would inappropriately exert power, or even have the ability to, is rather absurd.
Clubs need to find a common-sense solution and ensure a process is in place that takes as much emotion and bias out of any decisions on the upcoming season as possible, should the pandemic again flare up in Scotland.