If you thought Easter Sunday might be a quiet day on the Scottish football news front, you’d have been badly mistaken.

The statement wars apparently must continue.

After the SPFL’s robust letter to its member clubs earlier today, a Rangers spokesman has clarified their position already, suggesting that the league already have the power to provide loans, if needed.


The Ibrox official told broadcaster Clyde 1: “Rangers Company secretary, James Blair, has had several email exchanges with the SPFL legal adviser, Rod McKenzie.

“Remarkably, we have learned from an email received from Mr McKenzie that our proposed resolution is deemed unnecessary because the SPFL board already has the authority to provide loans to member clubs which can be exercised by the SPFL at any time.

“The Inverness CEO, Scot Gardiner, confirmed on national radio yesterday that SPFL representatives made it clear on several conference calls that it was necessary to approve the SPFL resolution in order to release funds which would relieve the financial hardship being experienced by many clubs.

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“Member clubs will be shocked to learn this is not the case and any club facing short term financial difficulties should request a loan from the SPFL immediately.

“Our resolution was never intended to release end of season fee payments but instead to provide loans as an advance on such payments. It is now apparent that this is already within the power of the SPFL. This provides further evidence that an independent investigation is urgently required.”

It’s become rapidly apparent that the SPFL board and Rangers are on entirely different wavelengths here, even when discussing the topic of money.

Instead of making public jabs at each other, perhaps the relevant people can get themselves on a well-mannered conference call and the SPFL can make clear 85% of clubs in Scotland were happy to pass the league board’s proposals.

If those proposals are confirmed there will be no need for loans or a delay in paying prize money.

It's been a dramatic weekend for Scottish football

It’s been a dramatic weekend for Scottish football / (Photo by David Goddard/Getty Images)

Calls for investigations and blame here are unhelpful and ultimately solve nothing.

As Ross County’s chairman made clear earlier on Sunday, clubs need clarity most of all, not cash.

If the action is not going to resume this summer, then it’s time to make the decision to end the season, even if it upsets Rangers that Celtic become champions.

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