Rangers chairman Douglas Park has won his court battle against the SPFL which will allow his firm to take part in court proceedings amid a dispute over league sponsors cinch.
The Ibrox side have been locked in dispute with the SPFL over the £8m contract with the digital car sales website ever since the deal was struck this summer.
Namely, this concerns a conflict of interest between cinch and Douglas Park’s own used car business.
Rangers had made clear to the SPFL prior to the signing of the deal they would not promote cinch at their stadium yet the members’ body pushed the contract through anyway.
Since the beginning of the season, Rangers have not used any cinch branding on their jerseys while the club have not promoted the sponsor at Ibrox Stadium.
Park has now obtained an interim interdict to prevent the SFA proceeding with an arbitration process involving Rangers, the SPFL and cinch.
The court verdict ensures Park’s will be part of any proceedings.
“We can confirm that Park’s of Hamilton Holdings Ltd have today successfully opposed the SFA’s appeal against the interim interdict it obtained at the Court of Session in Edinburgh on 23 August,” said a Park’s spokesperson [Glasgow Times].
“The three judge appeal court agreed with Park’s, Rangers and the original judge that the SFA and SPFL’s failure to include Park’s in the arbitration process went against the SFA’s own rules.
“The ruling from Scotland’s highest court confirms that the SFA and SPFL must not proceed with an arbitration process without including Park’s of Hamilton.
“We were surprised from the outset that both the SFA and SPFL vehemently argued against this petition.
“We were even more surprised that the SFA chose to appeal the first decision despite stating at the original hearing that they would include Park’s in the arbitration process if the company were successful at that stage.
“Park’s is proud of its association with the SFA and Scottish football, which dates back over 50 years, so it is with great regret that we were once again forced to take this action to protect ourselves.
“This was a situation entirely of the SFA and SPFL’s own making and we hope that the SFA will now follow through with their stated commitment and include Park’s in the arbitration.
“As we made clear at today’s hearing, we believe that all parties with an interest should now be included in the arbitration process.”
Meanwhile, Rangers are preparing for a £7m boost in the coming days as Steven Gerrard reveals some good news about two key players.