The Lowdown: Inquiry wanted
As shared by BBC Sport, car dealers Park’s of Hamilton have now asked for an independent Scottish FA inquiry into its sponsorship dispute with the SPFL.
The governing body announced a revised deal that would mean that the Gers would not be asked to display league sponsor Cinch’s branding, after Park’s had gone to court pointing out that chairman Douglas Park owned the rival car dealership.
Park’s say the revision “vindicated the stance held by the club for over a year”.
The Latest: McAvennie reacts
Speaking to Football Insider, McAvennie has now given his reaction to the update, claiming that it is ’embarrassing’, and has urged for the situation to be sorted out as soon as possible:
“It’s embarrassing, the season hasn’t even started yet and there are problems.
“I would like Rangers to have fewer arguments with people and let Gio do the football stuff.
“Keep the headlines about the football team because the players won’t like this constant bickering from the board.
“I would love to have a right go at the board but I don’t know the ins and outs of it.
“Surely grown men can sit around a table and sort this out.
“It’s been going on and on and when you see the Rangers players being interviewed, cinch is marked out behind them, it’s just embarrassing.
“Just sit around a table and sort it out.”
The Verdict: Get it sorted
As McAvennie points out, the Light Blues need to try and get this situation sorted out before the new season starts if possible – the last thing the manager needs is constant questions distracting he and his players from what really matters.
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The money that they will lose from the added sponsorships will also start to add up, and it will also affect how much money is distributed throughout Scottish football.
The Teddy Bears will still argue their case, and rightfully so, but the dispute does not really benefit anyone in the longer term, and so they need to sit down properly and negotiate a solution immediately.
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