A Thursday report from The Scottish Sun has listed some of the key points included in the dossier submitted by Rangers to Celtic and 40 other clubs in the SPFL.
The Ibrox club have called an EGM to vote on conducting an independent investigation into the SPFL after their handling of a prior club vote that brought an end to the Scottish lower leagues this season and potentially the Premiership too.
According to the report, Rangers’ main issues are:
- Neil Doncaster’s communication of information that could have been relevant to the vote.
- The SPFL potentially being liable for up to £10m in refunds to broadcasters should the season be ended too early.
- Providing Sky Sports with a sponsorship deal well below the league’s market value.
- SPFL lawyer Rod McKenzie issuing four ‘cease and desist’ requests to Ibrox chairman Douglas Park with regards to the club’s own proposed resolution.
- A letter to UEFA outlining clubs’ desire to finish the season without a vote taking place.
- Any unanswered questions relating to Dundee’s vote on the SPFL board’s proposal.
Clearly Rangers have a lot of problems with what’s happened in Scottish football over the last couple of months but there seems to be a distinct lack of evidence in that reported summary.
Having claimed to have whistleblower evidence in a statement last month, this may not be seen as the kind of explosive leverage one may have expected given they called for the suspension of Neil Doncaster.
It’s also debatable whether it will be enough for the majority of the other clubs in the SPFL to pass a vote on an expensive investigation at next week’s meeting.
A massive 75% of the 42 sides have to vote in favour.
The whole situation remains rather messy but now that the Ibrox side have shown their hand and the SPFL have offered a robust response (BBC), hopefully, Scottish football can begin to move on to more important matters such as how to financially survive through the ongoing public health crisis.
Sadly, I doubt it will be as simple as that.