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Rangers Blast 'Corporate Governance' Of SPFL Due To Voting Debacle

Rangers Blast 'Corporate Governance' Of SPFL Due To Voting Debacle
By Sean Meehan

In a statement, Rangers have said there are 'serious concerns' over the governance of Scottish football due to the SPFL's handling of a vote on a proposal to finish the Scottish lower league season early.

The Glasgow club have also called for the suspension of chief executive Neil Doncaster and SPFL legal advisor Rod McKenzie.

The SPFL called on all the clubs in the Scottish league structure to vote on whether or not to finish the lower league seasons early. The SPFL had imposed a deadline on the vote for 5pm on Friday, despite league rules stating that these league-wide ballots have a 28-day window for correspondence.

As 5pm on Friday passed, all but one club had cast their vote, Dundee of the Championship. At that time, the SPFL had received the required number of votes from both the Premiership and Leagues One and Two. From the top flight, only Rangers and Hearts voted against the proposal. Due to Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Partick Thistle rejecting the proposal in the Championship, the SPFL need Dundee to accept it.

However, on Friday evening, Dundee openly criticised the proposal in a statement. The club remarked that the SPFL's proposal 'condemns clubs to be financially worse off than they are already'.

Also, according to Inverness CEO Scot Gardiner, Dundee had submitted their 'no' vote to SPFL into a group chat of Championship clubs. Furthermore, the Dundee secretary, in the same group chat, stated that Dundee had submitted their vote, eight minutes before the deadline.

Gardiner also added that by just after 6pm, Dundee had been told to 'hold off' on re-submitting their vote by the league.


These events have led to Rangers subsequent statement on the SPFL. The club have said that SPFL chief Neil Doncaster has attempted to "bully them into silence" with regard to their grievances.

Dundee have yet to comment on today's findings regarding their vote, likewise, the SPFL have also remained silent.

Although, Stranraer chairman Iain Dougan has stated that the voting debacle is like both the 'House of Cards' cliffhanger and 'Brexit revisited'. That's certainly saying something.


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