Roger Mitchell suggests disrepute charge for SPFL trouble makers; makes Ibrox financial prediction

By John McGinley

May 6, 2020

Former Scottish Premier League chief executive Roger Mitchell can’t see how Rangers survive the ongoing crisis engulfing Scottish football, questioning whether they could take the whole game down with them.

Celtic’s arch-rivals are currently engaged in a very public feud with the SPFL regarding a vote to potentially call the Scottish Premiership on an average points per game basis.

Claiming to have evidence of wrongdoing by league officials, they’ve yet to present that, leading to speculation about the motives behind their grievances.

Former SPL man Mitchell thinks those delays mean that Rangers are in a precarious financial situation, posting on Twitter: “I just get a strong feeling with these delays that Rangers aren’t going to make it. They were already in dire financial straits. I can’t see how they survive this black swan. The question is: do they take the whole of Scottish football with them?! Critical days!”

It’s a rather dramatic take on the current situation, especially the suggestion that the whole of Scottish football is going to effectively die because of any Rangers demise.

Meanwhile, Mitchell has also reckons that league bosses should be considering bringing a disrepute charge against the second-placed top-flight side, responding to Michael Stewart criticism.

From a Celtic perspective, business-wise, any club in the Premiership going bust over the next 12 months would not be ideal.

Celtic will be looking for Scottish football to come through all of this intact.

Undoubtedly, those heading into this crisis in a less than ideal financial position will suffer most and it’ll be interesting to see if Mitchell’s prediction ends up having a grain of truth to it.

The Hoops have been incredibly well run over the last few years and though we will suffer financially, like all clubs, you’d expect us to be in good shape to ride the wave.