The Lowdown: cinch Conflict
The club have refused to display Cinch’s branding on their jerseys or at Ibrox this season, as Gers chiefs believe that they are not obliged to promote the company, because of a conflict of interest with chairman Douglas Park’s own business Park’s of Hamilton (The Scottish Sun).
There was a fresh twist in the ongoing conflict over the weekend, as Cinch’s branding was covered by masking tape when Giovanni van Bronckhorst was doing his post-match interview with Sky TV, after his side won 3-1 at Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership.
The Latest: Rangers talks
Writing in his latest piece for The Daily Record, Jackson has revealed that the Teddy Bears have now been ‘holding discussions behind the scenes’ with league chiefs in order to try and defuse the stand-off.
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There are concerns that Cinch may not pay out the full £1.6m that is due to be shared out at the end of the season, or even pull the plug on the deal completely.
Of course, this impacts the Light Blues as well as the other clubs in Scottish football’s hierarchy, and so they have now decided to take action.
The Verdict: Worrying
The situation is getting to a stage now where it should worry the supporters, as the campaign draws to a close.
Given the club’s stature and progression in the UEFA Europa League, the Gers should not be as financially affected as the majority of the other teams, but they will still want the money in the bank in order to best prepare for the summer.
Nonetheless, this stand-off may affect future lucrative sponsorships with the SPFL, which would have a long-term impact on them.
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