SPFL chairman Murdoch MacLennan has written a letter to the league’s member clubs hitting back at Rangers allegations, as well as clarifying media speculation, The Scottish Sun reports.
Rangers released a furious statement on Saturday calling for the suspension of Chief Executive Neil Doncaster and an independent investigation into the SPFL’s recent conduct.
However, MacLennan clearly feels that the SPFL board have acted properly over the last few days.
The chairman has also confirmed that any prize money can not be paid out until final league placings are determined.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said: “It has been suggested that it is open to the SPFL Board to distribute end-of-season fee payments to clubs now, in the absence of league placings being finalised.
“That is simply not the case.
“For the Board to be able to authorise end-of-season fee payments to clubs (amounting to £9.3million gross), final league placings must be determined.
“Those who have suggested that the SPFL may make such payments, without a line being drawn under Season 2019/20, are wrong.”
Despite significant media pressure, it seems that the SPFL are going to stand firm here and try to push forward with plans that benefit the majority of clubs in the four divisions.
As MacLennan notes later in his letter, 85% of clubs have voted in favour of the board’s recommendation, meaning it’s a small few who are holding up proceedings.
He’s also hit back at Rangers, revealing that despite asking for evidence from Interim Chairman Douglas Park to support their allegations, the Ibrox side have failed to share any findings of misconduct.
MacLennan said: “I wrote to Mr Park on Saturday evening, requesting any material to support these allegations. I regret to inform you that, at the time of writing, I have received nothing from Mr Park.
“It is difficult to understand why Mr Park should not wish to share this alleged material with me.
“I am entirely satisfied, based on all the information at my disposal, that the SPFL and its executives and legal advisers have acted wholly properly at every stage in this process.”
It seems any desperate attempts to halt the inevitable here are rapidly becoming less credible.
Unless evidence is presented or there’s a viable alternative to distribute prize money, there is really only one way forward and that’s to call the season on an average points basis.
The minority might not be happy with that but it sounds as if they might just have to deal with it.