Former Rangers and SPFL chief executive Gordon Smith believes that the Ibrox club are prioritising their own interests in their ongoing feud with the organisation over the league’s resolution vote.
The club described the SPFL’s proposals to end the season early and distribute prize money for the benefit of cash-strapped clubs amid the coronavirus pandemic was described as “abhorrent” by Rangers, whose counter-proposal to continue the Premiership but avail of prize money immediately was rejected by the SPFL. The Glasgow outfit then released a statement accusing the league of bullying tactics and calling for an investigation into the voting process after Friday’s resolution vote proved inconclusive.
Speaking on talkSPORT’s Weekend Sports Breakfast [via The Scottish Sun], Smith said: “It’s basically for themselves more than anything else at the moment. Most things I found out when I was working at the SFA is every club has a lot of self-interest. Most of the clubs will vote for whatever suits themselves rather than what suits the game in general. I think Rangers will be looking at the whole situation for themselves.”
It is interesting to note the clubs who, like Rangers, voted against the SPFL’s proposed resolution. Hearts, Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Partick Thistle and Stranraer are among those who rejected the proposals, with Dundee also reportedly voting against them, only for their vote to not be received by the SPFL (as per Daily Record).
Under the proposals to end the 2019/20 season as it stands, three of those clubs (Hearts, Partick Thistle and Stranraer) could be relegated, while Inverness and Dundee would be deprived of entering into the play-offs for a shot at promotion to the top flight. From a Rangers perspective, they would be forced to settle for second place despite having a mathematical chance of catching leaders Celtic and denying them a ninth successive Premiership title.
Rangers noted in a club statement on Saturday that they had received information from a whistleblower which raised “serious concerns” about the SPFL’s stewardship of the voting process, adding that their attempts to discuss that evidence with the league’s chief executive Neil Doncaster were refuted.
Smith has acknowledged that not just Rangers but other clubs will vote with self-interests at heart rather than Scottish football in a broader sense and that has been apparent from the situations surrounding the clubs who voted to reject the SPFL’s proposals. Therefore, the Ibrox outfit have every right to prioritise what is best for them and, given the democratic nature of the vote, they are quite entitled to disagree with the proposals if they wish.
Doncaster’s apparent refusal to engage with Rangers about the apparent evidence of information affecting the voting process is a poor reflection on him and the SPFL in general, so the Ibrox club are right to stand their ground on the matter if other parties are going to act so stubbornly. This saga looks set to run for a few more chapters but, up to this point, Rangers have not done anything wrong or immoral.
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