SFA official provides BBC with reality check live on air; decries Rangers drama as 'white noise'

By John McGinley

May 3, 2020

Scottish FA Vice President and Alloa chairman Mike Mulraney has warned BBC Scotland that the survival of Scottish football is at risk due to the ongoing public health crisis, speaking to BBC Sportsound earlier today (03/05, 12:20).

In a sobering reality check delivered to presenters David Currie and Chick Young live on air, Mulraney was clear that the challenges facing the game here over the next few months are massive.

He feels that it’s his and the Scottish FA’s duty is to ensure the survival of the game, with a joint task force ‘wargaming’ potential outcomes both in best-case and worst-case scenarios.

Inevitably he was asked about the SPFL vote and their spat with Rangers, who claim to have evidence of wrongdoing by the league authorities.

Mulraney was diplomatic with his answer but made it clear he feels there are more important things to be concerned with right now.

Speaking to BBC Sportsound (03/05, 12:20), Mulraney said: “It is an imperfect world and when people are trying to react at pace there are frustrations on all sides, there are harsh words spoken on all sides but in the context of what our game is facing its white noise.

“I am paying attention to it because of course it’s important in the context of that event. But in the context of what Scottish football is facing it’s kind of white noise.

“It’s like me and another four baldy guys fighting over a comb. It’s not really going to impact on the long-term future of Scottish football.

“I believe the SFA and everyone has a responsibility to make sure when my wee boy, who is six-years-old, is 16 he has a game he can meaningfully take part in.

“I understand how important it feels to those who are at the centre of it, but in the grand scheme of what Scottish football is facing, society is facing, it is not.”

Although the next week will likely provide more drama on the SPFL front, it seems there is now a desire from key personnel that Scottish football shifts the debate towards survival rather than recriminations.

General view of Hampden / (Photo by Oliver Hardt – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Too much time has be devoted to the SPFL resolution vote, passed by 81% of clubs, and the perceived grievances of a vocal minority who either can’t stand the success of rivals or are facing relegation because of a poor season on the pitch.

Hopefully, we hear more from people like Mulraney over the coming days, rather than any more baseless statements emanating from Ibrox.