Glasgow Rangers journalist Jonny McFarlane has been left stunned by some news that he has now seen coming out of Ibrox.
The Lowdown: cinch revelation
As shared by McFarlane on Twitter, the print edition of The Times have reported that concern over the future of Cinch’s five-year partnership with Scottish football were eased by the Teddy Bears’ Glasgow arch-rivals winning the title.
There were fears that the company would tear up their contract should Rangers have been victorious again, as the club have maintained that they cannot comply with the car dealers because they already have a contract with chairman Douglas Park’s used-car dealing firm.
Cinch were left furious when white tape was placed over their logo during interviews with both Giovanni van Bronckhorst and the players in a win away to Motherwell in April.
Most of the Scottish clubs are dependent on the income they get from sponsors, notably Cinch, and some have even ‘discussed acting against’ the Light Blues, according to one director.
The Latest: McFarlane stunned
Taking to Twitter, McFarlane of The Rangers Review was left stunned by the news, claiming that some of the quotes from SPFL sources were ‘remarkable’.
He tweeted: “Remarkable quotes buried in this story from The Times. SPFL source saying some clubs pushed for class action law suit against Rangers over cinch deal and that a title win would have been a “stress point”.”
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The Verdict: Worrying
Of course, the Gers may not be as affected financially as some of the other sides in the Scottish pyramid, given their progress in the Scottish Cup and Europa League, but the money would start to add up if Cinch were to cancel their five-year partnership.
Therefore, they need to try and come up with a compromise as soon as possible, not just for their sake but to also help out the other Scottish clubs.
Nonetheless, this seems like a story which will drag on through the summer, as Cinch contemplate whether to keep sponsoring Scottish football for next season.
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