The Rangers Respond to the SPFL as vote row continues

THE RANGERS have released their fifth statement in five days in response to the SPFL, who last night told them to prove their allegations or apologise for them. However, the Ibrox club have come out swinging again demanding an independent investigation.

The Rangers called for SPFL Chief Executive Neil Doncaster and legal advisers Rod McKenzie to be suspended pending an investigation amid concerns they raised regarding a resolution that they tabled to the league.

“A spokesman for Rangers advised that 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.

“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.”

The Rangers position comes against the news that a BBC journalist broke, that the league required final standings before releasing prize money.

Celtic are on track for our 9th league title in a row and the desperate attempts by Rangers to use altruism for their opposition clubs is more than suspicious. While the league should be decided on the park, ideally, clubs could go to the wall if months of uncertainty continue.

Rangers, Hearts, Inverness CT, Partick Thistle and Falkrik are the hold outs from the resolution to end the season early – with promotion and relegation playing the biggest factor. However, Dundee’s John Nelms is considering agreeing to the proposal if the SPFL agree to restructure the league.

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