Rangers have claimed that the SPFL’s league proposal vote “cannot be taken seriously” amid accusations of corruption and rule-breaking in order to secure it.
The Ibrox club has responded to a statement made by the SPFL revealing they had controversially accepted Dundee’s altered Yes vote [SPFL], giving the SPFL the power to call campaigns as things stand.
But Rangers are refusing to accept the vote’s legitimacy in the face of Dundee’s dodgy lost vote and the misrepresentation of financial assistance which could be offered by the members’ body.
“No fair-minded person can take the outcome of this vote seriously,” said Rangers in a statement.
“The SPFL has conducted a process which has been misleading and deeply flawed.
“In particular, publishing the outcome prior to all clubs having voted has undermined the democratic process and demonstrated unacceptable standards of corporate governance by the SPFL Executive.
“We are extremely concerned that member clubs were not provided with enough information, or time, to allow them to make fully informed decisions.
“Also, we are aware several club directors claimed they were being bullied at a time when Scottish football should have been acting in unity to alleviate the financial hardship of many of our clubs.
“Addressing the latter was one of our primary objectives and the resolution we presented could and should have been progressed.
“The SPFL chose to obstruct our resolution which would have given clubs the required financial support, without the pre-condition of ending the season.
“The fact that this solution was not afforded sufficient consideration defies belief and further underlines the view held by many clubs that the processes and behaviours of certain individuals must now be the subject of forensic examination.”
Rangers have also repeated calls for an independent investigation and for the immediate suspension of SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster and legal advisor Rod McKenzie.
The Ibrox club have also described conversation around finishing the current campaign as “imperative”, saying the SPFL must “allow every opportunity to do so”.
Rangers go on to say that there is a precedent set in Scottish football that a league “must not be compromised by changing the rules during the course of the competition.”
This is in reference to the SPFL’s refusal to extend a league season to assist Rangers in their 2008 UEFA Cup Final run.
Rangers round off their statement echoing the “anger” of the club’s supporters, promising to explore every legal avenue available to them.